NASA’s Science Mission Directorate announces the call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2018-2019 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for new applications is February 1, 2018, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2018.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 18 solicitation index page at – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 18” announcement. Also refer to “Program Specific Questions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NSPIRES page for this solicitation.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASANSPIRES system. The faculty advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the faculty advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 18 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at

For further information, contact the NESSF Program Administrators listed below:

- For Earth Science: Program Administrator for NESSF Research – Claire Macaulay at (202) 358-0151 or by Email at

- For Space Science (Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics): Program Administrator for NESSF Research – Marian Norris at (202) 358-4452 or by Email at