Yearlong space fellowship offers students chance to launch cosmic careers

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – A 12-month space fellowship sponsored by the International Space Station National Laboratory is now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, according to ISS officials.

The James A. Abrahamson Space Leader Fellowship, named after pilot and astronaut candidate Lt. Gen. James A. Abrahamson, is an advanced learning experience intended to promote workforce development in the space industry.

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U.S. citizens or permanent residents from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply before the March 1, 2022 deadline, a release from ISS read.

During the program, backed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc., fellows will work alongside ISS National Lab mentors to further their understanding of a specific area of aerospace study.

According to ISS, participants will be able to network as well as “communicate the value of scientific discovery and technological innovation in space, understand the importance of U.S. leadership in commercial space (and) gain techniques and insight to inspire the next generation through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).”

Abrahamson, who also served as the first director for the Strategic Defense Initiative of former President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” program up until his retirement in 1989, said he is honored to be associated with the program.

“Now more than ever, it is critical to prepare the next generation of researchers and leaders for important roles in the thriving aerospace industry,” Abrahamson said in a statement. “Through this fellowship, we will introduce students to the opportunities available through the ISS National Laboratory and provide them with the tools they need to succeed as we drive new markets in low Earth orbit and beyond.”

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