NASA International Year of Astronomy

Student Ambassadors Program

The NASA International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassadors Program is designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate in NASA's IYA activities and to help generate excitement about NASA scientific discoveries in astrophysics, planetary science and solar physics within their local communities and beyond. These students will serve as role models to others in the community.

Apply: online
Due Date: September 29, 2008


  • Up to 52 students will be selected for a one-year award of up to $2,700. Students will receive a $2,000 stipend and up to $700 for reimbursement of materials, supplies, and travel expenses for the execution of their activities.
  • Two NASA IYA Ambassadors will be selected to participate in the IYA Opening Ceremony in Paris, France, January 2009 and each will received a travel allowance of up to $5000. Only undergraduate students are eligible for this component.

Requirements for NASA IYA Student Ambassadors

  • Must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2009, and in an institution of higher learning that is a member of the state Space Grant consortium
  • Full time student- graduate or undergraduate
  • If selected to attend the IYA 2009 Opening Ceremony, must have or be able to secure a valid passport for travel to France by January 1, 2009
  • Participate in activities that align with the NASA IYA goals “to offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships, and build new connections to sustain public interested in astronomy” to help generate excitement - Complete NASA's IYA Goals

Application Process

  • Review NASA's International Year of Astronomy Goals
  • Develop a plan by which you will spread the excitement of NASA’s astronomical discoveries within your local community and beyond
  • Complete an online application by September 29, 2008
  • Secure an on-line letter of recommendation by October 3, 2008
  • Awards will be announced in late October

Evaluation Criteria
Evaluation of student applications will be based on these factors:

  • The extent that the proposed activities are clearly aligned with and support the NASA IYA goals. (40%)
  • The extent that the student has the skills and capability to carry out the proposed effort (40%)
  • Academic achievement (20%)

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