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The 2020 fellowship competition is now accepting applications. The extended deadline to apply is April 20, 2020.

The Fellowships in Aerospace History are offered annually by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) to support significant scholarly research projects in aerospace history. These fellowships grant the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management. NASA provides funds to the American Historical Association and to the History of Science Society to allow both associations to award fellowships. Representatives from the AHA, HSS, and SHOT comprise the review committee. For 2020 Angelina Long Callahan will represent SHOT in the AHA-HSS-SHOT committee.

Three fellowships will be offered for the 2020-21 term; applications will be entered into consideration for all three fellowships:


Applicants must possess a PhD in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program. Preference will be given to scholars at early stages in their careers. Stipends may be awarded only to US citizens or permanent residents.

Fellowship Term

The fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than nine months, and should commence no later than January of the fellowship term. The fellow will be expected to devote the term largely to the proposed research project. Residency is not required, but office space may be provided by the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress upon request for a minimum of three months. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of resources at the National Archives, the National Academies of Science, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, NASA Headquarters, and other collections in the Washington, DC, area.

Other Requirements

The fellow will be expected to write a report and present a public lecture on the fellowship experience. If the fellow is in residency in Washington, DC, a presentation at NASA headquarters is encouraged. The fellow shall provide to the NASA History Office a copy of any publications that might emerge from the research undertaken during the fellowship year.


The stipend is $21,250 for a six- to nine-month fellowship, which includes travel expenses. The fellowship income is classified as stipendiary—there are no provisions for paying fringe benefits or withholding taxes—and will be disbursed in equal payments over the term of the fellowship. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. A fellow may not hold other major fellowships or grants during the fellowship term, except sabbatical and supplemental grants from their own institutions, and small grants from other sources for specific research expenses. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form.

To Apply

Click the “Apply Here” button on the left column of the page for the application. The applicant must submit a completed application including a specific and detailed research proposal that will be the basis of the fellow’s research during the term. Completed applications are due April 20, and should include:

Deadline, Submission Information, and Notification

The American Historical Association is handling the submission process. The AHA has partnered with Interfolio to manage our fellowship application process. Applying through Interfolio is FREE for applicants. When submitting an application, if you don’t already have an account with Interfolio, you will be asked to set up an account and create a password, but you will NOT be charged any fee to create the account. Applications must be submitted through Interfolio by April 1 each year. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Names of the winners will be announced in June.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.




Rebecca A. Perry, recipient of the 2018 NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, and SHOT president John Krige at the Awards Ceremony in St. Louis. (Photo: Bucky Stanton)

Recipients of the NASA Fellowship

2020 Jeffrey Mathias
2019 Dana Burton
2018 Rebecca A. Perry
2017 Alexander C.T. Geppert
2016 Michelle Grisé
2015 Lisa Ruth Rand
2014 Elizabeth A. Kessler
2013 Margaret A. Rosenburg
2011 Robert MacGregor
2010 James L. Johnson
2009 Monique Laney
2008 Timothy Stoneman

For more information, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary, [email protected].