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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Submission Deadline: 31 January

    Sponsored by:

    The AIAA Foundation


    Eligibility Requirements:

    Applicants for an AIAA Foundation Graduate Award shall meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Must be a current AIAA Student member in good standing.
    • Must have completed at least 1 academic quarter or semester of full-time graduate- level college work and have a research topic approved.
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.300 on a 4.000 scale.
    • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university worldwide.
    • Applicant's education plan shall be such as to continue graduate work in some field of science or engineering encompassed by the technical activities of AIAA.

    Award Criteria:

    The recipient of the scholarship will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:


    • Official College/University Transcript (if you’ve attended more than one College/University, official transcripts from ALL schools must be provided), including undergraduate and graduate-level work completed through the most recent Fall term.
      • Transcripts MUST be mailed.
      • An official transcript is the University's certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the University seal and signature of the University Registrar.
      • We do not accept transcripts via fax or email. Official transcripts must be mailed. (Official transcripts that are scanned or copied become unofficial and are unacceptable.)
      • Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts are accepted, however they must be sent directly from your college/university's electronic delivery service. Electronic transcripts must be sent to on or before the deadline date to be accepted.
    • Assessment of a 500-1,000 word typewritten essay, specifying the applicant’s career objectives and an outline of the academic program required to achieve the career objectives.
    • A research outline of no more than twenty (20) pages, presented in PDF format. Research outline may be outlined in any way that you choose, but should clearly define hypotheses, research approach, objectives, and benefits of research.
    • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation (recommendations from relatives will not be accepted). Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application database. Paper/emailed letters will not be accepted.
    • Extracurricular activities, including high school, college and community activities, offices, awards, and work experience will receive due consideration.


    Award Restrictions:


    • Applicants shall not have, or subsequently receive any other graduate funding which, when combined with the AIAA Foundation award, would provide a stipend greater than their tuition plus educational expenses (such as books, lab fees, room, board, etc.) estimated by the educational institution the applicant plans to attend.
    • Applicants may be students of any nationality, not restricted by the U.S. State Department, in full-time study.
    • Postdoctoral students are not eligible to receive graduate awards.




    • Judging is done by the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee of the AIAA Student Activities Technical Committee.
    • All decisions made by the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee are final.
    • If the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee determines there is not a qualified applicant for a particular year, the award will not be disbursed.




    All materials must be received by 31 January.


    Official college transcripts should be addressed to:


    AIAA Foundation Scholarship Program

    c/o Felicia Livingston
    12700 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 200
    Reston, VA 20191-5807


    The online application (including recommendations, essays, etc.) and all required documents must be complete and submitted by 31 January, for consideration.



    Apply Here