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

Applicants for the MSS program 2018-2019 should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 15 March 2018 if they are requesting scholarships, and by 30 June 2018 if they have already secured their tuition fees.

SSP19 applicants should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 31 January 2019 if they are in need of financial aid and by 30 April 2019 otherwise. Partial scholarships will be granted depending on funds still available.

SH-SSP19 applicants should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 30 November 2018 at the latest. Non-Australian applicants should apply online before 31 October 2018. Financial aid support will be provided depending on funds available.

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 available (limited to Italian citizens).


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 2019: a full scholarship to the value of A$13,500 or half scholarship to the value of A$6,750 for attendance at the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program from 14 January to 15 February 2019 (Australian residents only).
url Some funding available for SSP applicants. Limited to Canada citizens and Canadian residents. Applications to be made on the ISU website. More information available at


Cains Associates of the Isle of Mans offers the Cains Prize of US$ 5000 to be credited toward tuition for an applicant coming from a legal background. MSS programs applicants 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.
SES  SES will award 2 half MSS scholarship based on the merits of the applications received.
Interested applicants should discuss in the Essay portion of their application, not only why they want to attend an ISU program, but also their interest in the SES scholarship.
To be eligible for this scholarship, one must: have submitted his or her application within the ISU prescribed deadlines; and be accepted to the program.
UKSA Total of 30,000 GBP available for UK applicants for SSP and MSS (Application deadline : 15 March for full applications)
region A full MSS scholarship is available for one applicant from Alsace or holding a degree from an Alsatian university. Applicant should indicate Alsatian University Graduate on ISU application.
NRS Norwegian Space Center Scholarships available for any Norwegian SSP applicants.
  inmarsat logo Two MSS half-scholarships available for applicants who have studied in the UK.
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.