Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Award: up to $15,000

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.



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

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. Please note that emphasis is placed upon demonstrated potential or ability and a drive to do research and 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

Students must apply through their respective colleges.

An evaluation committee consisting of faculty from engineering, mathematics, and natural sciences selects UT’s final nominees.


College Deadlines

Cockrell School of Engineering application deadline is March 4, 2024.
College of Natural Sciences application deadline is February 19, 2024.
Visit your respective college’s application page for details

Selected finalists must submit materials to the Office of Distinguished and Postgraduate Scholarships by March 22, 2024.

Campus Representative in the Provost Office
Dr. Douglas Bruster and the Office of Distinguished and Postgraduate Scholarships are responsible for submitting all materials by the Astronaut Foundation national deadline. Deadlines posted on the Astronaut Foundation website are for the Campus Representative in the Provost Office, not for applicants. Please email all questions to

College of Natural Sciences

Cockrell School of Engineering
Engineering Scholarship Program