Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Award: up to $10,000

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



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 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

The following materials must be submitted to Lydia Cornell in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.  2018 March Deadline TBA.

  • Nomination Form, filled out by the nominating faculty member with assistance from the nominee.
  • Two (2) Nomination Letters, one from the nominating faculty member, and a second from another UT Austin faculty member or research professor.  See Instructions For Faculty.
  • 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

All documents should be sent via email to
See the links under “Resources” above for additional information.
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.