Astronaut Scholarship

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.

Application Procedures

  • 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
  • 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.