Maine Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

The Maine Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and Fellowship Program at Bowdoin College provides summer and academic year research opportunities for Bowdoin students in aerospace-related research, including astronomical, biological, physical, social, earth science, human exploration and development of space, space science, and other science technology, computer or engineering related fields.

Additional Requirements: Within 60 days of the completion of their projects, Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellows must submit a final project report to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research. This report should not exceed five pages and must conform to standard scientific reporting format. In compliance with copyright laws, submitted final reports must be unpublished material. Final reports will be compiled by the Consortium as a compendium to be circulated to NASA officials and affiliate members of the Consortium.

Recipients are expected to conduct research outreach activities that may include one or more of the following:

  • Presentation to a local school to share project work and experience
  • Presentation of projects at the annual Maine Space Grant Consortium meeting
  • Participation in a local or regional Space Grant event to display and present projects

First-years, sophomores, and juniors may apply. Current seniors are ineligible. In addition, applicants must:

  • be a US citizen,
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at Bowdoin,
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (lower GPAs may be considered if there is sufficient justification based on the letter of recommendation and relevant courses taken or enrolled in),
  • make a good faith effort at the time of application to identify a NASA researcher who could be a mentor during the project period. The Office of Student Fellowships and Research can answer questions about this eligibility.

Please note: Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to this program.

Students opt to carry out 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research. Students should discuss with their faculty mentors what would be the appropriate duration of their fellowship and consider their own research goals and availability as well as their faculty mentors’ availability when making this decision.  Selected fellows are expected to commit full-time effort to their research project and faculty mentors must approve the duration of the fellowship period.

The Maine Space Grant Fellowship offers $400 a week, therefore an 8-week fellowship carries an award of $3,200, a 9-week fellowship carries an award of $3,600, and a 10-week fellowship carries an award of $4,000. 

If requested and approved during the application process, fellows may also be reimbursed for up to $500 for justified research related expenses (e.g., laboratory/art supplies, analytical costs, and travel beyond the local area to conduct field work or to visit an archive).

Should a faculty mentor feel that a fellow is not making sufficient progress toward the research goals set forth in the fellow's proposal, the College reserves the right to discontinue funding.