Space Grant Opportunities

Whether you're in kindergarten, graduate school, or simply a lover of science, Space Grant and NASA have opportunities for you.


Undergraduate and Graduate

NHSGC Affiliate Programs

UNH Space Grant Fellowships

2024 Summer/ Fall award deadline:
February 15, 2024

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium typically awards two fellowships per semester for research-based graduate study in NASA-related disciplines at the University of New Hampshire. NASA-related disciplines cover a broad spectrum of fields, including (but not exclusively): physics, space physics, astrophysics, science education, computer science, engineering, Earth science, and life sciences which utilize space technology and/or adopt a “planetary” view of the global environment.

Application  info

Previous award winners

MSDC Internships

Each year the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center seeks undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM fields) to work as interns on STEM-based curricula and to serve as lead teachers in summer day camps. Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a STEM field; at least three months’ experience in teaching and/or working with children is preferred. The ideal candidates will be self-starters with strong leadership and social skills, who enjoy working with children and who can positively challenge and encourage children to learn and explore. Due to federal funding for this program, applicants must be U.S. citizens.

MSDC website

CCSNH Scholarships

The NASA Space Grant Scholarship is available to part- or full-time students enrolled in a STEM certificate or degree program at any CCSNH college. Eligible students must be US Citizens and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. NASA values diversity and strongly encourages underrepresented and nontraditional students to apply. 


NASA Programs

NASA Internships

NASA STEM four-part logo

NASA STEM Engagement is a NASA-wide system for recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available.

Summer 2024 session application deadline:
February 2, 2024

NASA Interns


Proposal deadline: April 26, 2024

The Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab) 2025 Academic Innovation Challenge is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities. It has been organized to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration.

Challenge website Solicitation

STEM Opportunities for
Higher Education


Find opportunities for college/university students and facult, as well as  projects for community colleges, vocational and technical schools. Updated frequently. 

Current Opportunities 

NASA Science Mission Design Schools

Summer 2024 (deadline passed)

The Science Mission Design Schools are designed to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for participation and leadership in space science missions of the future. Experiences are focused on three distinct content areas: 

  • The Astrophysics Mission Design School (AMDS) focuses on astrophysics science missions. 
  • The Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS) focuses on planetary science and exploration. 
  • The Heliophysics Mission Design School (HMDS) focuses on missions to study the Sun and its influence on the rest of the solar system.
Opportunity page

For many more opportunities, please visit NASA's STEM Engagement page




Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. NASA uses a peer review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response to these research announcements. Researchers can help NASA achieve national research objectives by submitting research proposals and conducting awarded research.


 The Consortium for Space Mobility and ISAM Capabilities (COSMIC) is a nationwide coalition that will invigorate a domestic in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM) capability. 

  • COSMIC will mobilize, advance, and leverage the existing and future community expertise spanning federal agencies, industry and academia. 
  • COSMIC’s goal is to accelerate the universal adoption of ISAM capabilities to develop the next generation of the space architectures and make ISAM a routine part of the space enterprise. 
  • COSMIC is NASA’s swift and strategic response to the December 2022 National ISAM Implementation Plan and officially kicked-off in the Fall of 2023. 
  • COSMIC, through community collaboration, will produce annual products that steer the future of ISAM as a coordinated effort towards a new paradigm for space mission lifecycles that will ultimately reduce costs and increase operational efficiency due to enhanced longevity, utility, and resilience.

K-12 and Outreach

NASA Educator Resources for NH

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center serves as New Hampshire's NASA Educator Resource.

UNH Eclipse Information page

Find regularly-updated information about the April 8, 2024 eclipse, including safety, how to observe, what to expect, and more.


NH GRANIT provides access to New Hampshire's geospatial data and resources as the NH Statewide GIS Clearinghouse. Their ongoing mission is to promote the efficient use of New Hampshire's diverse resources by utilizing spatial information in an effective way, and by providing geographic information and related tools to citizens and organizations

NASA STEM Education  

Explore opportunities, media, lesson plans, citizen science opportunities, and much more! 

Mount Washington Observatory: Teacher Development Programs

Mount Washington Observatory is excited to continue our popular Arctic Wednesdays professional development program this winter, introducing teachers and students to the arctic landscape of Mount Washington, often dubbed the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” On select Wednesdays between January and March, teachers can apply to join our weather observers on their snowy commute to the Mount Washington Observatory.

Mount Washington Observatory: Virtual Classroom

Connect live via Zoom to the highest peak in the Northeastern US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as Weather Observers and Education Specialists at the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory present a virtual program called “Home of the World’s Worst Weather Live.” Geared towards students in grades 6-8.

Mount Washington Observatory: Distance Learning

Distance learning utilizes live, interactive video conferencing technology, allowing us to bring the science and excitement of Mount Washington anywhere in the world.

NASA Current Opportunities for Educators 

Updated frequently, with hundreds of links to primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational content.

Earthrise: Monthly e-Newsletter With Earth and Climate Science Resources

Lesson Plans / Activities, STEM Resource Collections. Register here

NASA Resources and Links

Citizen Science Opportunities

For a full list, please visit

NASA Globe Cloud Gaze

Would you like to help NASA scientists advance their understanding of Earth’s atmosphere and climate from the comfort of your own home? Become an armchair cloud expert and help NASA scientists along the way.

Cloud Gaze

Be a Backyard Meteorologist

You can make a real contribution to science -- all you have to do is join the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network—CoCoRaHS. You will join thousands of volunteers across the country who take daily measurements of precipitation (rain, hail, or snow) from their location. 

Backyard Meteorology

GLOBE Observer

GLOBE Observer is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. GLOBE Observer currently accepts observations of Clouds, Mosquito Habitats, Land Cover and Trees with planned expansion to other types of data in the future.

Globe Observer

Selected media

NASA Image of the Day

A daily dose of awe-inspiring space, science, technology, and human-interest imagery, with deeper links to help you understand exactly what you're seeing.



Tune in and you may see: ISS station views and spacewalks; satellite and mission launches; in-flight-education; historical features; lectures; and space news. There's always something fascinating on!


NASA Podcasts

From longform interviews with astronauts and engineers to narrative shows that take you on a tour of the galaxy, NASA’s diverse podcast portfolio lets you experience the thrill of space exploration without ever leaving Earth.


NH Space Grant Consortium

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