New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Programs

The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) was established in 1991 and is charged with progressing the goals of the Space Grant national program.

NJSGC, in partnership with academia, industry, state, and private parties, collaborates to promote and administer NASA's education
programs in the state of New Jersey. In this context, the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium has adopted an aggressive program development and outreach effort along with the development of its core programs involving higher education, fellowship, industry-university research, pre-college and informal education programs.

NJSGC has established a wide network of affiliates and contacts to serve the higher education and research needs of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Space Grant Consortium offers a broad range of programs to support the educational and research activities of New Jersey’s college students and researchers. Please note the following:

By NASA mandate, most of our programs are geared towards college students, graduate students and faculty.

By NASA mandate, only U.S. citizens are eligible for support from the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium.

Fellowship Programs

  • Academic Year Fellowship - One year fellowships for undergraduate students in N.J. universities, to conduct research in STEM and space science related fields.
  • Summer Fellowships - Summer fellowships for undergraduate students to conduct research in space sciences at N.J. universities or industry.
  • NASA Academy - Opportunity for undergraduate or graduate level research at NASA Academy or at a NASA research center.
  • Graduate Student Fellowship - $7,500 fellowships for graduate students conducting research in STEM and space science fields. Fellowship amount can be used to pay tuition or as  a stipend.

Research Programs

  • Collaborations with N.J. Research Centers - Support of the activities of research centers on aerospace and astronomy in New Jersey.
  • Travel support
  • Research Clusters Program
  • Minority Graduate Student Development
  • Community College Research Program

Higher Education Programs

  • Senior Design Project Support - Support of aerospace related senior design projects in N.J. universities. Up to $600 per project.
  • Co-Op/Internship Program - Placement of N.J. undergraduate students in STEM and aerospace in co-op internships at N.J. corporations.
  • Aerospace Course Development - Enhancement of the number of aerospace related courses through $4,000 grants to faculty for developing new courses.
  • New York City Research Initiative - Groups consisting of a high school student, high school science teacher and college student spend  summers working on aerospace projects.
  • Summer Development Programs - This program provides funding to NJ Colleges for innovative programs for enhancing the backgrounds of entering and second-year STEM students.
  • Rock-SAT at NASA, Wallops Island - New Jersey college faculty participate by mentoring a Rock-SAT team of six to nine students throughout the academic year.
  • K-12 Bridge Programs - The K-12 bridge program provides funding for activities run by college faculty and students for K-12 students.

Pre-College Programs

  • STEM Teacher Training - Science and astronomy K-12 teacher training and Project Astro at Raritan Valley Community College and at other locations.

Informal Education Programs

  • Traveling Planetarium - Support of the traveling planetarium at Plainsboro Public Library by sending the planetarium state-wide.
  • Lectures by NJSGC Members - Public lectures in aerospace and astronomy by faculty members in NJSGC institutions.
  • New Informal Education Initiatives