NASA/WSU Experiential Aeronautics Fellowship (EAF)


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EAF Background

Wichita State University (WSU) has a proud heritage of working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Indeed, WSU is well known for its aeronautics expertise. This fellowship provides an opportunity for an outstanding student to gain valuable experience working specifically in aeronautics (the first “A” in NASA).

EAF Goals

WSU/NASA Experiential Aeronautics Fellowship (EAF) program goals include:

  • Engaging a highly motivated, mature, and qualified student in aeronautics work.
  • Providing meaningful and relevant hands-on experiences.
  • Inspiring and cultivating a student to successfully pursue an aeronautics career.

EAF Details

Important information about the WSU/NASA EAF program opportunity is as follows:

  • Only US citizens (a NASA requirement) and full-time Aerospace Engineering (AE) students are eligible.
  • Applicants are competitively evaluated based principally on maturity, motivation, and potential.
  • Applicants must be AE juniors, seniors, or graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing.
  • Participants dedicate at least 20 hours per week working closely with an approved researcher on aeronautics-related research, focusing on innovation and generating measurable results that contribute to NASA's science and technology goals.
  • The pay will be at least $15/hour, depending on standing. Students are typically supported for up to two years under the award. 
  • The recipient will work under the direct supervision of an AE faculty member (concurrent employment of any other type elsewhere is not acceptable).
  • An endorsement letter,* from an AE faculty member, outlining specific collaborative work and/or research outcomes, is strongly encouraged (faculty and students should review the relevant endorsement information document - click here).

    * NOTE:  this is not a typical letter of recommendation. The student and faculty member need to carefully consult the endorsement information document and present a collaborative plan to work together as desired.

EAF Application

Click here to download an application and related information. Download a flyer for the EAF opportunity here.

Submissions are due by noon October 5, 2022. (updated 9/27/2022)