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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 up to $15,000 and an invitation to network with other scholarship winners at an induction ceremony at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.  The scholarship is for students planning research careers.  Students planning to pursue an MD only and conduct clinical research are not eligible, but those planning to pursue an MD-PhD and  career in biomedical science research are eligible.

Institutional Endorsement:  The Astronaut Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by the U-M STEM Scholarship Committee.  Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.

U-M Application Deadline: First Monday of December by 12:00 noon.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Sophomore or junior standing with full-time enrollment. “Sophomore” is defined as a student who has two more years (4 semesters) of full-time undergraduate study remaining beginning in the September after application.  “Junior” is defined as a student who has one more year (2 semesters) of full-time undergraduate study remaining beginning in the September after application.

  • Most successful applicants have at least a 3.8 GPA, strong grades in STEM classes related to their intended field of graduate study, and at least one year of sustained involvement in one or more research projects.

Application Instructions:

  • All students who apply for U-M nomination to the U-M STEM Reseach Career Award will also be considered for nomination for the Astronaut Scholarship.  Students interested in the Astronaut Scholarship should follow the directions for the U-M STEM Research Career Award.  No additional application is required.

  • Faculty members may nominate a student for the Astronaut Scholarship by sending a letter of recommendation directly to ONSF.  The deadline for faculty nominations to be received and considered is the first Monday in December.

  • U-M nominees for the Astronaut Scholarship will be announced in early January. The nominees will work with Henry Dyson to complete the final nomination package before the February national application deadline.