2022 Scholarships

The Interstellar Research Group is proud to present its 2022 Scholarship Program. The program will provide two undergraduate scholarships and one graduate or professional degree scholarship for qualifying students.

The $2,500 scholarships (including the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship), sponsored by IRG supporters, are merit-based and require applicants to complete an essay with their application forms. The deadline for all applications is June 30, 2022.

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 at any accredited, four-year American college or university. Applicants for the graduate scholarship must be full-time college or university students seeking a graduate or professional degree (e.g. MS, PhD, EngD, JD, non-exclusive) from an accredited college or university in the United States.

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.”

The guidelines for applications are these:

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant must be a full-time student accepted to or enrolled in an accredited program that awards graduate degrees.
  2. Applicant must be a resident of the U.S.
  3. Major area must be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or related field.
  4. Open to graduate students enrolled at a university in the United States.


Applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A brief (one page) explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.
  3. A 2,500-word essay on the student’s research and its application to achieving interstellar missions, in .docx format (Word).

To apply for the scholarships, download and complete the applications below:

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION                                       GRADUATE APPLICATION

For more information about the scholarships please contact Carol Hendrickson, the IRG Scholarship Committee Chair.

To learn more about IRG scholarship sponsors, visit:

http://www.baen.com

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