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Funding and Scholarships


The International Space University is provided funding from space agencies, government agencies, and industry to help support its educational programs such as the new Master’s degree program: Space Studies and the Northern summer Space Studies Program (SSP). This aid is available to selected applicants on the basis of their academic and professional merit and covers a portion of their tuition fees. It is paid directly to ISU by the sponsoring organization.

This financial aid is available for applicants from all countries.

ISU is approved for US Federal Student loans from the US Department of Education (only for US citizens attending the Master of Space Studies). For more information please click here.

Students and unemployed young graduates who are members of the following organizations are entitled to at least 50% scholarships for the Master’s degree program and the Space Studies Program: Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)Women in AerospaceEuroaviaNASA AcademyStudents for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)Brooke Owens Fellowship, and Matthew Izakowitz Fellows. Please indicate the date when your membership with the applicable organization began.

ISU also grants tuition support. Upon request and justification of a participant, part of the fee may be waived at the start of the program, subject to a promesse to pay back later when financial conditions allow this, and in accordance with a flexible payback scheme.

Other Sources of Support

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.

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

Ingenioerforeningen i Danmark For Danish applicants only

Otto Moensteds 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

Bourses ESPACE (CNES / Fondation des Ailes de France) Scholarship for French citizens

IEDU Various scholarships available for French citizens

Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet For French citizens only

Regione Autonoma Della Sardaigna For Candidates from Sardegna only

Dr. Kalpana Chawla scholarships for female Indian candidates (apply directly to ISU)

Charpak Master’s Program for Indian nationals residing in India only

Ilan Ramon scholarships (apply directly to ISU)

Cedies For citizens from Luxembourg only

Conacyt For Mexican students 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

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

SSPF For Dutch citizens or residents in The Netherlands and for Dutch citizens working or studying abroad

Federal Student Loans For American citizens only (for more information click here)

ISSF 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).

Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program For US citizens or US permanent residents 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

Commitment for Tuition Support

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 (see: ISU joins the Transnational Giving Network).

Applicants should not hesitate to contact ISU for more information in this regard.


1. The first year after graduation those who remain unemployed or pursue further studies 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.