Awards are made to graduate students to work with faculty on funded research at the level of $10,000 for two academic semesters. Students must re-apply each year.  

Student eligibility requirements:

1. Enrolled at:

  • Doña Ana Community College
  • Navajo Technical College
  • New Mexico State University
  • New Mexico State University- Alamogordo
  • New Mexico State University- Grants
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Northern New Mexico University 
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Western New Mexico University 
  • San Juan College
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
  • University of New Mexico

2. Evidence of declared major in the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences- Astronomy, Biology, Bio Chemistry, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Molecular Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematical Science, Mathematics
  • College of Engineering- Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Materials and Metallurgical, Mechanical, Mineral, Nuclear, Or Engineering Technology
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences- Animal and Range Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology and Weed Science, Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, Plant and Environmental Sciences

3. Full time status
4. United States citizenship
5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Scholarships are competitively awarded based on your application information including your research project, its alignment to NASA, your faculty recommendation, and your GPA.

Application Requirements:


  1. Description of the research you will be doing as part of this scholarship. The research topic must be related to NASA missions and Mission Directorates (Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science)
  2. NASA Mission Directorate Alignment - This is a critical part of the application. You must make a strong connection between your research and NASA's needs. More info about NASA's Mission Directorates
  3. Research/Career Interests
  4. Relevant work or co-op experience, academic awards, and/or honors
  5. Past or present financial aid
  6. Letter of recommendation - This letter must be from the faculty with whom your are doing research. Your faculty advisor must state that they are working with you on this research and why they are recommending you for this scholarship.


Other Requirements:

  1. Awarded students are required to present their research results, either at a research colloquium, conference, or journal paper.
  2. Awarded students are required to complete up to 10 hours of community service.
  3. Awarded students are required to update the NMSGC program office annually on their process from initial award through first employment.

If a student becomes ineligible or drops out of the program before completion, unused funds revert back to NMSGC.

Apply online

Application to open Fall 2017