The International Space University is provided funding from industry and government agencies to help support MSS, SSP and SH-SSP students who are unable to cover all of their tuition fees. This aid is available to selected applicants, and covers a portion of their tuition fees. It is paid directly to ISU by the sponsoring organization. Please note that the MSS scholarships do not cover living expenses, which need to be secured by the applicants.
This financial aid is available for:
- Applicants from Europe (the countries listed below have priority*)
- Applicants from the United States, Canada and Australia
- Applicants from developing countries
- Applicants from other countries (within the limits of funds available)
(* Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom)
Financial aid is granted on the basis of:
- Academic and professional merit
- Demonstrated efforts in personal fund-raising
- Demonstrated financial need
Applicants for the MSS program 2016-2017 should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 30 June 2016.
SSP16 applicants should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 30 April 2016.
SH-SSP16 applicants should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 31 October 2016 if they are in need of financial aid, and by 30 November 2016 otherwise.
Financial aid will be awarded within the limits of funds available, so early applications are highly recommended. Please note that the relevant box on the Confidential Financial Information form of the application must be checked. It is recommended that candidates make a personal effort to raise funds enabling them to attend the program. Such initiatives are taken into consideration when ISU allocates funding.
When submitting your application to ISU, please don't forget to attach your resume. Your resume may be given by ISU Staff Members to sponsors. However, ISU will not give its sponsors contact information, but will try its best to match applicant's profiles to sponsor requirements.
The ISU Funding Committee, which includes both faculty and Sponsors, awards funding to applicants whose career goals appear to stand to gain substantial benefit from the ISU programs.
MSS scholarships are granted to help towards tuition fees only. ISU does not assist with living expenses, travel or insurance costs for the MSS. SSP scholarships are granted for help towards tuition fees and living expenses only. ISU does not assist with travel expenses or health insurance for the SSP.
You will find below the list of partners who have supported ISU students for many years. Please note that unless specified otherwise, you should go through ISU when applying for scholarships and not directly to the sponsors.
|1 full MSS scholarship and several MSS and SSP partial scholarships for French applicants.|
|Several MSS and SSP partial scholarships for citizens of ESA member states only.|
|Scholarship available for MSS: 20,000€ (limited to Italian citizens).|
|Scholarship available for SSP or MSS: $10,000 (limited to US citizens, with preference given to AAS and SEDS-USA members). Apply directly to AAS|
|Some funding available for SSP applicants. Limited to Canada citizens and Canadian residents. Applications to be made on the ISU website. More information available at www.cfisu.ca|
|Cains Associates of the Isle of Mans offers the Cains Prize of US$ 5000 to be credited toward tuition for an applicant coming from a legal background. MSS programs applicants only.|
|Scholarships available: 9000 € for SSP and 12500 € for MSS (limited to NASA Academy alumni). No further application needed for this category. Applicant should indicate NASA Academy alumni status on ISU application.|
|SES will award 1 MSS scholarship based on the merits of the applications received.
Interested applicants should discuss in the Essay portion of their application, not only why they want to attend an ISU program, but also their interest in the SES scholarship.
To be eligible for this scholarship, one must: have submitted his or her application within the ISU prescribed deadlines; and be accepted to the program.
|Total of 30,000 GBP available for UK applicants for SSP and MSS.|
|A full MSS scholarship is available for one applicant from Alsace or holding a degree from an Alsatian university. Applicant should indicate Alsatian University Graduate on ISU application.|
|Norwegian Space Center Scholarships available for any Norwegian SSP applicants.|
|Two MSS half-scholarships available for applicants who have studied in the UK.|
|The requirement to qualify is to pursue education in a satellite-related discipline. The amount available goes from 2,500 to 3,500 USD. The applications need to be made HERE.|
|Partial funding support available for Austrian applicants for the SSP.|
We recommend that applicants undertake their own fundraising efforts to increase their chances for enrollment at ISU. Here are some tips:
- Start with non-governmental sources and foundations; they are more likely to give you financial support to attend ISU. Funding is more likely to come in small amounts and from a number of sponsors, than from one sponsor. Another possibility is to approach newspapers, magazines, and community organizations and offer to write an article or give a talk about your experiences in return for an agreed sponsorship amount.
- Some students attending ISU are sponsored by their employers. Others obtain sponsorship from companies, government agencies or international organizations, educational foundations, etc. In some countries, the ISU National Liaison may be able to advise applicants (their citizens only). Some financial organizations offer loans at low interest rates to promising young professionals. Applicants are encouraged to investigate all possibilities available to them.
The following are links to potential sponsors and various institutions with whom you may be eligible for scholarships or loans if you fit their criteria (but please note that there is no guarantee, and that some grants that were given in the past may not exist any more). We encourage you to visit their websites for further details.
SSPI Scholarships available for students in fields related to satellite technology
French Embassy Scholarships available in your country of residence can possibly be granted for studying in France. Contact your nearest French Embassy (in your place of residence). Scholarships available to all citizenships
EGID - Eiffel Scholarships available for applicants coming from emerging countries. Deadline for applying through ISU: 6 January 2012
Rotary Club Scholarships available to all citizenships
Lions Club Scholarships available to all citizenships
The World Meteorological Organization "Voluntary Cooperation Program" available for applicants coming from emerging countries through the Direction of the Meteo organization of your country of residence. Scholarships available to all citizenships
Zonta International Foundation Scholarships available to women from all citizenships
Centennial Scholarship Fund Royal Aeronautical Society Scholarships available to all citizenships
The Austrian space industry association (AUSTROSPACE) For Austrian citizens only
Styria Government For Austrian citizens only
The Schmiedl Foundation- Graz For Austrian citizens only
Fondation Belge de la vocation For Belgian applicants only
Canadian Students Loans
Ontario Student Support Branch Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Manitoba Student Financial Assistance Department of Education and Training
Alberta Students Finance Alberta Learning Information Service
Newfoundland Student Aid Division Department of Education Thompson Student Centre
British Columbia Student Aid Branch Advanced Education, Training and Technology
Quebec Student Financial Assistance Programs Ministère de l'éducation
Baxter & Alma Ricard Foundation for Canadians French speaking citizens only
University of Alberta - Education Abroad For Alberta University students only
CRESTech, a division of the Ontario Centers of Excellence Inc Various scholarships may be available for Canadian citizens only
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Various scholarships may be available for Canadian citizens only
Government Agency that promotes country development For Chilean citizens only
Ingenioerforeningen i Danmark For Danish applicants only
Otto Moensteds Fond For Danish applicants only
Reinholdt W. Jorck og Hustrus Fond For Danish applicants only
General information about Danish scholarships For Danish applicants only
Augustinus Fonden For Danish applicants only
Knud Højgaards Fonden For Danish applicants only
Oticon Fonden For Danish applicants only
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland Financial assistance to study abroad for Finnish applicants
IEDU Various scholarships available for French citizens
CROUS For French citizens only
Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet For French citizens only
Bundesverwaltungsamt For German citizens only
Regione Autonoma Della Sardaigna For Candidates from Sardegna only
Cedies For citizens from Luxembourg only
Conacyt For Mexican students only
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund For Norwegian citizens only
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Only for applicants from Portugal
"La Caixa" GRANTS Grants available for post-graduate programs. These grants are handled by the King of Spain himself. For Spanish students only
Cabildo De Gran Canaria For students coming from Gran Canaria only
DURSI Information Society, Research and University Department of the 'Generalitat de Catalunya ' (GENCAT) Grants for short research periods abroad Catalonia For Spanish students looking for a future PhD diploma (as the SSP academic program can be in relationship with a doctoral thesis)
CSN (Swedish Financial Aid for students) Form 5501M- Student Loan- Sweden For Swedish citizens only
Grants- Sweden For Swedish citizens only
The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm For Swedish citizens only
The Wallenberg Association "Tekn. Dr. Markus Wallenbergs fond for utbildning i internationellt industriellt foretagande"Stiftelseforvaltningen 106 40 Stockholm- Sweden Particular link: "OVRIGA STIFTELSER" For Swedish citizens only
Kempe-foundation For Swedish citizens only
Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences For Swiss applicants only
Department for Education For UK citizens only
Federal Student Loans For American citizens only
US GI Bill For US veterans only
Institute of International Education Fulbright Program For American citizens only
Space Grant For American citizens only
Studysoup For American citizens only
Each year many applicants wish to attend ISU programs but lack the financial means to do so. Using funding from various Agencies and the space industry, as well as donations, ISU has managed to provide part of the tuition from its own funding to allow applicants to bridge the gap between the full tuition and the participants' personal contribution.
As the funding from these different sources is decreasing, ISU has been forced to introduce a system of pledges whereby such an advance is made on a reimbursable basis. Although based upon a moral obligation and not a contractual one, and in the interest of helping future applicants to finance their studies at ISU, applicants are therefore asked to make a best effort to reimburse a portion of the scholarship they have received when this becomes financially possible for them.
It is important to note that in most countries, it will be possible to deduct a large portion of the repaid sums from income taxes. Applicants should not hesitate to contact ISU for more information in this regard.
1. The first year after graduation those who remain unemployed will not be asked for repayment.
2. One year after graduation an installment plan is suggested. Note that installment plans suggest a 50% repayment only of the scholarship received, in order to minimize applicants' financial burden.
3. If salary at that point in time does not allow to sustain the payment plan, a justification for either a delay or reduced payments can be requested from the ISU Director of Administration and Finance to find an acceptable compromise.
4. Finally, to reduce the commitment duration, those who are employed immediately after graduation will be asked to begin the reimbursement process after closure of the program as reflected in their installment plans.