escThe 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

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.


CNES One full MSS scholarship and several MSS and SSP partial scholarships for French applicants.
ESA Several MSS and SSP partial scholarships for citizens of ESA member states only.
italian space agency logo asi 1 full MSS scholarship, 1 full SH-SSP scholarship and several partial SSP scholarships for Italian citizens. 1 full MSS scholarship for a Kenyan citizen.


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
shsspscholarship Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund Scholarships: full scholarships to the value of A$14,000 or half scholarships to the value of A$7,000 for attendance at the Southern Hemisphere - Space Studies Program (Australian citizens and residents only).
NASA Academy Logo 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.
UKSA Total of 30,000 GBP available for UK applicants for SSP and MSS (Application deadline : 15 March for full applications)
NRS Norwegian Space Center Scholarships available for any Norwegian SSP applicants.
sspi 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.
FFG 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

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

ISSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program Scholarships available to applicants studying at a university located in a member country participating in the International Space Station

Toptal Scholarships for Women: Toptal® is awarding $10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders who want to change the world.


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

Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet For French citizens only


German Academic Exchange Service

Niedersachsischer Bund fur freie Erwachsenenbildung E.V.

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


The Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa


"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


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


Department for Education For UK citizens only


Federal Student Loans For American citizens only

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).

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