Maximizing Student Potential in STEM, or MSP, aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented and underserved students in STEM disciplines as well as students with a record of supporting diversity and inclusion by providing part-time and full-time fellowship opportunities at JPL. The program is extended to, but not limited to, underrepresented minorities, women, first generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

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.


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. The cumulative GPA must originate from the institution where the student has a current active status.
  • Open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs).
  • First fellowship experience must be 10 weeks or more. Subsequent fellowship terms are flexible.


  • Fellowships are offered year-round.
  • Full-time and part-time opportunities available.
  • Participants receive a monetary award, given in biweekly disbursements, for the period of the fellowship. Award amounts vary and are subject to change.
  • A supplemental allowance is provided to program participants attending an institution outside the 50-mile radius of JPL and participating 20 hours or more per week on site at JPL.

How to Apply:

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Application Review & Selection:

For JPL programs, once you have submitted your application to the appropriate program, your application will be reviewed by the Education Office to determine if the eligibility requirements have been met. Potential mentors will search and review applications in the database to determine finalists. Finalists are then typically interviewed by the prospective mentor, after which time the mentor may request that the Education Office issue an offer to the applicant.

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Contact Info:

JPL Education Office - Student & Faculty Programs
(818) 354-1260