Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Project

This project seeks to increase the number of graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented persons (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines.

Sponsor: United Negro College Fund and NASA


The ultimate goal is to increase the U.S. talent pool by developing a more inclusive, multicultural and sustainable STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce. The JPFP provides up to three years of support and includes a Mentor-Protégé Initiative, Fellows Orientation, a Technical Exchange Symposium and the competitive Mini Research Award Program. The latter project provides six weeks of hands-on research experience at a NASA center or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Up to 20 fellows are selected annually. With stipends, travel allowances and tuition offsets included, JPFP award packages currently start at $24,500 per year.


Undergraduate seniors applying to a graduate degree program, masters, and doctoral students are eligible to apply. The program is open to U.S. citizens, including residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories. Note: Permanent residents and non-US citizens are ineligible for the JPFP.

Eligible institutions include accredited, U.S. Institution (i.e., historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving Institutions, tribal colleges and universities, majority institutions, and other minority serving institutions). A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 grading scale (B average and above). If the applicant attends an institution where scales other than 4.00 are used, the applicant's GPA must correspond to a "B" average. Applicants also must be a member of an underrepresented group, which includes women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline, and must either be within the first 3 years of a graduate program at an accredited, U.S. university OR be in the process of applying to an accredited STEM graduate program.

Note: Persons who have advanced to doctoral candidacy are ineligible. Non-Degree or special status students who are enrolled in masters or doctoral level courses are ineligible. Also, awardees cannot participate in any other federally-funded fellowship or scholarship program. Fellows are required to be enrolled as a full-time student. Although the fellowship is not renewable during the three-year period, the availability of support for subsequent years is 1) subject to availability of funds and 2) contingent upon certification to NASA by the fellow's institution that the fellow is making satisfactory academic progress toward an advanced degree.

How to Apply

Apply online or contact NASA: Ms. Brenda Collins, University Affairs Manager,  Ames Research Center,  Mail Stop 226-8, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000. Phone: (650) 604-3540