Higher Education

STEAM Resources for Higher Education.

Opportunities for Students and Faculty. 

National Space Biomedical Research

National Space Biomedical Research

NSBRI leads a national effort to conduct biomedical research necessary to support long-term human presence in space and then enhances life on Earth by applying the resulting advances in human knowledge and technology. NSBRI supports students with space life sciences programs aimed at undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows. The website offers a list of various opportunities for those in research areas from aerospace engineering to veterinary medicine.

NASA Fellowships

NASA Fellowships

Each year the NASA Fellowship Activity seeks student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The NASA Fellowship Activity is designed to support NASA STEAM Engagement objectives and to provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

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NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA’s mission, to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering,human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management.

NASA Aeronautics University Student Research Challenge

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate seeks proposals from university students for new aeronautics ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA aeronautics. Selected teams will receive grants for their projects, and will also be responsible for raising a modest amount of cost-share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to develop entrepreneurial skills. Crowdfunding also raises awareness about students’ research among the public.

Deadline: June 24. 

NASA Internships

NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA.

NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Kit

NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Kit

Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be. The NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit includes free online courses based on the real-world science, engineering, technology and teamwork behind the Psyche mission. Two courses are currently available, and more will be developed throughout the life of the mission.