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 email@example.com. 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:
- Solar System Science
Planetary Atmospheres and Geology
Solar System characteristics and origin of life
Primitive solar systems bodies
Preparing for returned sample investigations
- Earth Science
Atmospheric composition and dynamics
Land and solid earth processes
Water and carbon cycles
Ocean and ice
Earth analogs to planets
- 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
- In-Space Propulsion Technologies
Advanced propulsion technologies
- Space Power and Energy Storage
Power management & distribution
- Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Autonomous rendezvous & docking
- Communication and Navigation
Optical communications & navigation technology
Radio frequency communications
Position, navigation and timing
- Human Exploration Destination Systems
In-situ resource utilization and Cross-cutting systems
- 9. Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
Science Mission Directorate Technology Needs
Remote Sensing instruments/sensors
In-situ instruments/sensor technologies
- Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
Aerobraking, aerocapture, and entry systems
Vehicle system technology
Energy generation and storage
Electronics, devices and sensors
- Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing
Flight and ground computing
- Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing
- Thermal Management Systems
Thermal control systems (near room temperature)
Thermal protection systems
For general inquiries, contact:
JPL Education Office