Created in 1984 to honor the Mercury 7 astronauts, the Astronaut Scholarship is not just for students in aerospace engineering. Like the Goldwater Scholarship, its mission is to promote future U.S. scientists in all STEM fields. The scholarship offers $10,000 and an invitation to network with other scholarship winners at an induction ceremony at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Nominees must be U.S. citizens.
- Nominees must plan to pursue a PhD in a STEM field and career in scientific research. Students planning to pursue an MD only are not eligible, but those planning to pursue a career in biomedical research are eligible.
- Winning nominees typically have a 3.8 or better GPA and extensive research experience.
- Students do not apply directly; they must be nominated by a faculty member with whom they have extensive research or academic experience.
- Faculty members can nominate a student by sending a letter of recommendation directly to Henry Dyson at honors.scholarships@umich.
- The deadline for faculty nominations to be received and considered is the first Monday in December.
- The U-M STEM Scholarship Committee will review nominations, select finalists, and work with nominating faculty on the final application package.