Graduate Assistantship

At the Howard University NASA University Research Center (URC) also known as Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation (BCCSO), we emphasize the PhD degree as well as the Master of Science degree in our graduate research programs.  Our focus reflects our interrelated goals of enhancing research and scholarship by producing the nation’s next generation of African American scholars and faculty members;

The NASA URC Fellowship Award is competitive and attracts the best and the brightest in the STEM fields.  For those students meeting program requirements, the award provides financial support for tuition, student fees, the opportunity to attend national and international conferences, to participate in field campaigns and related research and an annual stipend beginning at $23,000.    

We estimate total support per academic year to begin at approximately $46,000.  Additionally, the award pays for required travel to attend conferences, e.g., AMS Conference, NASA Leadership Series at Kennedy Space Center and offsite research efforts and field campaigns as determined by your advisor. 

Should a student be awarded this prestigious Howard University NASA Fellowship Award, he/she is expected to fulfill the following scholarship requirements:

1) Enroll as a fulltime student at  Howard University (9 credits or more per semester);

2) Actively participate in NASA URC/BCCSO activities and research; 

3) Remain in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 3.2); and

4) Submit quarterly periodic reports to your advisor describing your research, presentations, conference attendance and publications. 

NASA URC/BCCSO conducts a semi-annual/annual review of a student’s academic standing, research performance and program participation to determine the continuation of his/her fellowship.  Continuation of the fellowship is also subject to the availability of funds.