The JPL Graduate Fellowship Program offers research opportunities at JPL during the academic year as well as summers to graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

As part of their fellowships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including tours, lectures and career advisement, arranged by the JPL Education Office.


- Graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines.

- Minimum overall GPA of 3.0

- Open to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents (LPRs) and foreign nationals

- First internship experience must be 10 weeks or more. Fellowships may be extended beyond the initial period based on performance and availability of funds.


- Fellows are selected by the JPL researcher, a faculty collaborator or both.

- Full-time and part-time opportunities available

- Participants receive a stipend of $8,000 for an initial 10-week period.

- Housing and travel allowances are provided to program participants residing outside the 50-mile radius of JPL

- Program participants have access to JPL parking facilities for no charge. Public transportation options are also available.

- Program participants have "affiliate" status at JPL and are not considered employees.

How to Apply:

Interested students should email their current resume and unofficial transcript to the JPL Education Office at The subject line of the e-mail must contain the number and topic of interest from the list of JPL Internship Areas, below. (Click on one of the blue links below to automatically generate an email with the appropriate subject line.)

Once we receive your information, a program coordinator will work to pair you with an open opportunity that best meets your skills and interests. If a match is made, you will receive an offer letter from the JPL Education Office via email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot respond individually to every inquiry.

JPL Internship Areas:

  1. Solar System Science
    Planetary Atmospheres and Geology
    Solar System characteristics and origin of life
    Primitive solar systems bodies
    Lunar science
    Preparing for returned sample investigations

  2. Earth Science
    Atmospheric composition and dynamics
    Land and solid earth processes
    Water and carbon cycles
    Ocean and ice
    Earth analogs to planets
    Climate Science

  3. Astronomy and Fundamental Physics
    Origin, evolution, and structure of the universe
    Gravitational astrophysics and fundamental physics
    Extra-solar planets and star and planetary formation
    Solar and Space Physics
    Formation and evolution of galaxies

  4. In-Space Propulsion Technologies
    Chemical propulsion
    Non-chemical propulsion
    Advanced propulsion technologies
    Supporting technologies

  5. Space Power and Energy Storage
    Power generation
    Energy storage
    Power management & distribution
    Cross-cutting technologies

  6. Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    Manipulation technology
    Human-systems interfaces
    Autonomous rendezvous & docking
    Systems engineering

  7. Communication and Navigation
    Optical communications & navigation technology
    Radio frequency communications
    Position, navigation and timing
    Integrated technologies
    Revolutionary concepts

  8. Human Exploration Destination Systems
    In-situ resource utilization and Cross-cutting systems

  9. 9. Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
    Science Mission Directorate Technology Needs
    Remote Sensing instruments/sensors
    Observatory technology
    In-situ instruments/sensor technologies

  10. Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
    Aerobraking, aerocapture, and entry systems
    Vehicle system technology

  11. Nanotechnology
    Engineered materials
    Energy generation and storage
    Electronics, devices and sensors

  12. Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing
    Flight and ground computing
    Information processing

  13. Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing
    Mechanical systems
    Cross cutting

  14. Thermal Management Systems
    Cryogenic systems
    Thermal control systems (near room temperature)
    Thermal protection systems

Contact Info:

Program Coordinator:
Linda Rodgers

Program Support:
Andrea Olson
(818) 354-8148

For general inquiries, contact:
JPL Education Office
(818) 354-1260