Summer Fellowship


The Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program provides students with opportunities to explore the use of geospatial information science in higher education learning. This six week online program includes hands-on GIS and remote sensing training, webinars and a course project (total time estimate 96 hours). Upon completion students will receive a laptop and stipend.


Participants will study under the direction of Melissa Scott of the Center for Spatial Analysis at the University of Oklahoma.


Twelve fellowships valued at $2000 will be competitively awarded to support student participation. One fellowship will be awarded to a student at each of eight Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institutions. Four additional at-large fellows will be awarded from the pool of applicants to promote geospatial workforce development and diversity. Women, underrepresented minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship award of $2,000 includes:

-Laptop provided for GIS lessons (will be given to student upon successful completion of the program)
-Student version of ArcGIS software
-$1000 stipend paid to the student upon successful completion

Fellowship recipients are expected to:

-Complete online GIS and remote sensing training courses
-Watch online webinars
-Contribute to online community
-Complete individual GIS project in topic area of interest


Participants must:

-Be a US citizen
-Be classified as a junior as of spring semester 2018
-Major in a STEM discipline (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) OR science/math education
-Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Be a current student in good standing OR newly admitted for 2018 / 2019 to an Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institution (OU, OSU, Southern Nazarene, Cameron, Langston, SOSU, SWOSU, ECU)
-Continue qualified enrollment for the 2018/2019 academic year (spring and summer 2017 graduates not eligible)


Applicants must complete the online application form,  submit transcripts for all previous college or university course work and contact information for three letters of recommendation.

Unofficial transcripts are suitable for applications purposes but upon selection participants will be required to submit official transcripts by May 23rd.

Your references will be contacted via email with instructions to submit the recommendation online. A sample of the form can be viewed online. 

Important Dates

Application Deadline – May 4th
Selection - May 9th
Official Transcripts and Administrative Forms due - May 23rd.
Program Dates - June 1st - July 14th

Additional Information

Upon selection fellows will be required to sign a letter of agreement and complete a vendor form for stipend processing by May 23rd. along with official transcripts. These forms are available for reference on the FAQs page.  Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Melissa Scott at

Complete and full participation is required to receive the laptop and fellowship stipend. Students who do not complete the program requirements will be required to return the laptop to the Space Grant representative at their home institution.

Course Schedule

To be announced. Assignments and activities will average 16 hours per week over a period of 6 weeks June 1st – July 14th. Students will complete weekly assignments on their own schedule each week.