Dr. Michael Kezirian, President and CEO of the International Space Safety Foundation has announced the launch of the first ISSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program. This unique program has been created to expand Space Safety Engineering awareness and encourage the next generation of student investigators to develop their own ideas for spaceflight safety research.

Grants are restricted to applicants studying at a university located in a member country participating in the International Space Station: USA, Canada, Japan, Russia and member European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).

The ISSF has set aside a set amount of funds for the ISSF Fellowship Fund. All thesis topic proposals will be reviewed by the ISSF Fellowship Board on a first-come, first-reviewed basis until funds have been allocated.  Applicants received by the deadline will receive full consideration.

According to Dr. Joseph Pelton, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University, ‘the ISSF Graduate Fellowship Program has created a bridge between industry and government to academia; selected students will be mentored by the space industry leaders who are developing space systems, who can provide access to data from large programs and serve on their thesis committee’.

It is hoped that most of the fellowship recipients will present their thesis research at the 9th IAASS International Space Safety Conference in Toulose, France (18-20 October 2017). According to IAASS President, Isabelle Rongier, ‘the conference is an opportunity for the next generation of space safety leaders to present their research to the heads of international space agency, program managers and leading engineers from NASA, US Air Force, ESA, JAXA, CSA and Roscosmos as well as the leaders at major aerospace corporations from around the world’.

Selected proposal writers:

– Receive a $1,000 grant
– An ISSF mentor will be assigned with experience in the area of research
– Free registration at 9th IAASS International Space Safety Conference in Toulose (18-20 October 2017), for presenting their research results if accepted by the conference program committee.

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2016

More info at: http://issf.space-safety.org/fellowship