2021 Scholarships

The $2,500 scholarships (including the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship), sponsored by IRG supporters Baen Books, Rob and Ruann Hampson, and Jay and Beth Roye, are merit-based applications and require applicants to complete an essay with their application forms. The deadline for all applications is May 15, 2021.

The Interstellar Research Group “was created to foster and assist the study, research and experimentation necessary to make human interstellar travel a reality, with untold benefits to life on Earth,” said IRG President Emeritus John Preston. “We can imagine no better way to demonstrate that goal than the creation of these scholarships, helping new generations of thinkers, builders and explorers to set their sights on the stars.”

Applicants for the undergraduate scholarships must be high school seniors or present undergraduates in the United States and its territories who plan to pursue their first undergraduate degree in a STEM-related field at any accredited, four-year American college or university.

Owing to the diversity of programs possible for graduate-level studies, applicants for the graduate scholarship may be full-time college or university students enrolled in a STEM-related program (e.g. MS, EngD, PhD). Likewise, graduate students from fields not traditionally associated STEM fields are also encouraged to apply, though an interstellar application must be thoroughly elucidated in the application. As with the undergraduate scholarship, the applicant must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States.


We thank all of the students who apply for one of these scholarships. Please consider following IRG as we help make interstellar missions possible for a future generation to go to the stars!

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