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Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology


Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.

About this Fellowship

FINESST grants support graduate students conducting research that aligns with the priorities of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in one or more of its six divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, Biological and Physical Science, and Science Engagement & Partnerships.

Deadlines are typically in February, but be sure to check the competition website for the current cycle’s deadline.

FINESST seeks proposals for a research project conducted by an individual Future Investigator (FI) who is or will be pursuing a Masters, PhD, or other terminal degree (e.g., MD) in an Earth or space sciences-related discipline from an accredited U.S. university. Applicants submit their proposal in coordination with their PI and university grants administration staff. Note: applicants must work with Sponsored Awards Management to submit the proposal.

Award Value

Awardees receive up to $150,000 ($50,000 per year for up to three years).

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application


No Requirements
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: July 28, 2022

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