2024 Scholarships


The Interstellar Research Group is proud to present its 2024 Scholarship Program. This year programs will provide one undergraduate scholarship, Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship ($2,500), and one master’s level graduate scholarship ($2,500), and one doctoral level scholarship ($2,500) for qualifying students.

The scholarships (including the Tim Bolgeo Memorial Scholarship) are sponsored by IRG supporters Baen Books and Rob and Ruann Hampson are merit-based, and require applicants to complete an essay with their application forms. The deadline for all applications is December 15, 2023.

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 any related field related to interstellar travel missions and establishing successful civilizations at any accredited, four-year American college or university. Applicants for the graduate scholarship must be full-time college or university students majoring in field related to interstellar travel missions and seeking a graduate degree (e.g. MS, 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.”

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


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For more information about the scholarships please contact Carol Hendrickson, the IRG Scholarship Committee Chair: carol.hendrickson@irg.space

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