Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Award: up to $10,000

The Astronaut Scholarship is for outstanding students in the fields of engineering, mathematics, technology, and natural or applied sciences who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence. Read more about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation here


2020 Deadline will be announced soon.


To qualify and compete for an Astronaut Scholarship, students must:

  • be a U.S. citizen (birth certificate, US passport or naturalization papers required)
  • have completed two years of full time study at The University of Texas at Austin (sophomores nominated to receive the award as juniors must demonstrate truly exceptional accomplishments during their first three semesters)
  • be a junior or senior at UT Austin at the time their scholarship begins
  • be majoring in natural or applied science, engineering, technology, or mathematics
  • be a full-time student during both terms of the ASF-supported academic year (one-semester students are not eligible)
  • have conducted a considerable amount of research in their field
  • have been nominated for consideration by a professor at UT Austin who knows the student well enough to identify a special drive or talent that foreshadows a creative career leading to the advancement of scientific knowledge and technology

In addition, ideal candidates will have exhibited motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in their fields, as well as intellectual daring and a genuine desire to positively change the world around them, both in and out of the classroom. An awarded scholarship may not be transferred to another degree program or institution. Although need is given consideration if both nominees are deemed equal, it is not a driving force in the selection process. Please note that emphasis is placed upon demonstrated potential or ability and a drive to do research and to develop new ideas, inventions and innovative technology. Astronaut Scholarships are not awarded for pre-medical studies, so clinical medical research is not considered in the research selection criteria. However, biomedical research is included.

Nomination Procedure

  • Nomination Form (If you are selected as one of UT Austin's nominees, this information will need to be submitted again via ASF's web form.)
  • Two (2) Nomination Letters from faculty members or research professors (one from the nominating professor at the student’s institution), including details on research achievements/endeavors.
  • Personal Statement: Students must compose and submit a short statement of personal interests, activities, hobbies and goals, not to exceed one page of 12-point type. The narrative letter supporting the nomination form should give examples of the involvement and commitment of the student to their studies beyond the formal classroom setting as shown on the transcript. Creativity is an important attribute, and should be documented.
  • Current Official Transcript
  • Student’s Personal Resume
  • Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate, US Passport or Naturalization Papers)

All documents should be sent via email to

An evaluation committee consisting of faculty from engineering, mathematics, and natural sciences will review the nominations and submit the finalists' materials to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.