NASA Student Opportunities


Dreaming of a Career at NASA?

Create a USAJOBS account, upload your resume, and set your preferences for notifications of job opportunities open to the public at NASA or other departments of the federal government. Don’t wait until you hear about an opening the day before it closes to get started. Be prepared to jump on those opportunities as soon as they’re posted! Be sure to check out the resources to help you put your best foot forward in the federal application process.


Become a NASA Partnership Eclipse Ambassador!

NASA and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific are inviting undergraduate students to become Eclipse Ambassadors and help prepare their community for a pair of exciting celestial events! Two solar eclipses will cross North America: an annular solar eclipse on Oct 14, 2023, and a total solar eclipse on Apr 8, 2024. Hundreds of college students across the country will be partnered with amateur astronomers to bring eclipse science, safe viewing techniques, and cultural connections for the eclipses to their communities as trained Eclipse Ambassadors. The project hopes to reach 500 communities across the country, with a particular emphasis on connecting with traditionally underserved audiences. We ask students, of any major, to join us to learn new skills, make connections, and share their enthusiasm about eclipses and science with the public! Click here to learn more!


NCAS Mission 1: Discover Application Now Open!

Students participating in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) activity can expect to advance their capabilities in STEM, helping to prepare them for better representation and service in STEM fields. NCAS has three missions designed to challenge and build student knowledge and skills in aerospace by focusing on NASA’s specific science and mission goals, collaboration, coopetition, and career pathways. Mission 1: Discover is a 5-week, self-paced online course. This orientation to NASA sets a baseline for all students wishing to pursue subsequent NCAS missions. Students will gain a broad knowledge of what NASA has in its current plan and how they can play a role. STEM based activities embedded in the online course include live and recorded subject matter expert lectures, interactive multimedia on NASA content, interactions with fellow aerospace scholars, knowledge assessments including a final project, and guidance and support from trained professional educators. Community college scholars are invited to check their eligibility and apply by the December 9, 2022 deadline. Email JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov for assistance.

Attend an Information Session on one of the following dates:


2023 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity Now Open!

Student teams are invited to develop experiments to fly to the edge of space on a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, provides near-space access for 12 student experiments. Typically, the flights last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 122,000 feet. There is no cost for launch and flight operations. Student teams must raise funds to support payload development and travel, if necessary. Notices of Intent are due December 2, 2022, and the application deadline is January 6, 2023. For questions, contact hasp@lsu.edu.


ROSES-22 Amendment 70: F.5 FINESST Graduate Student Research Proposals Due February 7, 2023

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST F.5) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student-designed and performed research projects that contribute to the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) science, technology, and exploration goals. The graduate student shall have the primary initiative to define the proposed FINESST research project and must be the primary author, with input or supervision from the proposal's Principal Investigator (PI) or mentor, as appropriate. The proposal must present a well-defined research problem/activity and a justification of its scientific significance to NASA. FINESST awards are research grants for up to three years and up to $50K per year.

ROSES-2022 Amendment 70 releases final text and due date for F.5 FINESST at https://go.nasa.gov/FINESST22. Notices of Intent are not requested. Proposals are due February 7, 2023.

An optional pre-proposal teleconference is scheduled January 13, 2023, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time. No earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start time, call 1-256-715-9946. If prompted for a Passcode or a Phone Conference ID input: 360 678 47270. Restrictions may prevent the use of a free phone; telephones outside the U.S.; or computer software such as Skype. For U.S. TTY-equipped callers or other types of relay service no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the teleconference, call 711 and provide the same conference call number and Conference ID.

SMD will post the teleconference charts no later than 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time on the teleconference day under "Other Documents" on FINESST’s NSPIRES page. Email any teleconference agenda suggestions and questions to hq-finesst@mail.nasa.gov by January 6, 2023. Questions via email during and after the telecon are welcome.

On or about November 28, 2022, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022" (NNH22ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at https://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2022 and will appear on SARA's ROSES blog at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2022/.

Questions concerning F.5 FINESST should be directed to hq-finesst@mail.nasa.gov.


University Student Research Challenge (USRC2)

The University Student Research Challenge seeks to challenge students to propose new ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA Aeronautics. USRC will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for their projects and with the challenge of raising cost share funds through a crowdfunding campaign. The process of creating and implementing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and raise awareness about their research among the public. The solicitation goal can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology or capabilities in support of aviation, by demonstrating a novel concept, or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies. Notices of Intent (NOIs) are not required for this solicitation. Three-page proposals for the next USRC cycle are due November 10, 2022. Proposals can be submitted later through additional cycles by February 23, 2023 and June 22, 2023.


NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition is Now Open

In the push toward net-zero emissions by 2050, NASA seeks to crowdsource ideas for potential new clean aviation energy sources. Through the 2023 Blue Skies Competition, teams of two to six students will conceptualize and analyze the climate impacts along the source-to-flight lifecycle of one potential, primary clean aviation energy source of the future, and create a five- to seven-page research proposal and two-minute video summary. Finalist teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to participate in the 2023 Blue Skies Forum at a NASA center in June 2023. Winners are eligible for NASA internships in the academic year following the competition. Notice of Intent deadline is October 17, 2022 and Submission Deadline is February 28, 2023. For questions, contact BlueSkies@nianet.org.


2023 RASC-AL Competition

The 2023 RASC-AL Competition is seeking undergraduate and graduate teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. This year’s themes range from supporting lunar operations and tourism at the south and north poles to enabling long-term survival on the surface of Mars. Notices of Intent (NOIs) are due October 13, 2022. There will be Q&A sessions held on October 20th and 27th and Proposals are due March 13, 2023.


Join the #SpaceToPitch through NASA’s MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC)!

Can you turn a creative idea into a real-world application? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Are you fascinated by NASA technology? Then MITTIC is your #SpaceToPitch! MITTIC is a spinoff challenge to develop new ideas for commercialization open to multi-disciplinary student teams attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Teams selected to participate will receive up to $5,000 with the winning team receiving an additional $10,000! Open office hours are available for your questions every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. CDT on Microsoft Teams, or you can contact HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov to schedule a personalized session, exclusively geared to faculty and/or students at your institution. To get started on your NASA MITTIC journey, visit the website. Check out the new enhancements for this year’s MITTIC competition!

  • Spring 2023 proposals will be accepted from January 3 through March 15, 2023.
  • Teams are able to use ANY NASA Intellectual Property (IP) from the patent portfolio as the basis for their spinoff concept. A list of 45 suggested technologies can also be found on our website.
  • Prerequisites are not required for training courses to be completed before a team may submit a proposal for the competition.
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