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 Appendix L: Program Element Two – Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Non-MSIs Fellowships 2021 Has Been Published

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), titled NASA Fellowship Activity 2021, is seeking student authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Notice of Funding Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 is designed to support OSTEM objectives and provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 is an omnibus announcement that can include various NASA science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fellowship opportunities for graduate students. Specific Program Elements will be issued periodically throughout the year as Appendices to this solicitation with individual requirements and milestones.​

The following Appendix to NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 has been released:

Appendix L: Program Element Two – Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Non-MSI Fellowships 2021 –Proposals are due June 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET

This opportunity is open to all graduate institutions. To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree earned before Aug. 31, 2021; candidates must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2021, and intend to pursue a research-based Masters or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

For each Fellow, his or her institution receives up to a $55,000 annual award ($50,000 for Master’s student and $55,000 for Doctoral student).

A Pre-Proposal Teleconference for Program Element Two will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 1:00 pm ET. The pre-registration link will be posted on the MSI & Non-MSI Fellowships 2021 page. Pre-registration to participate in the webinar will be required.

For full program details, visit NASA Fellowship Activity 2021 page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements.

To submit a question to be addressed during the webinar please contact Carolyn Knowles at

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact the NSPIRES Help Desk at or call 202-479-9376 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.