The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Samya Rose Stumo National Air Grant Fellowship Program

By: U.S. Department of Education

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Samya Rose Stumo National Air Grant Fellowship Program opens April 1 and will accept applications from graduate students in aerospace-related fields who are interested in learning how aviation legislation and policy are developed.

Students selected for the program will spend a year in either a Congressional office that has jurisdiction over the FAA, or in an office in the executive branch of government. For example, a fellow may serve as an expert liaison and researcher for a Congressional committee.

The application process runs from April 1-30, 2023. To apply, students must be a U.S. citizen, have an undergraduate degree and be pursuing an M.A. or PhD degree in an aerospace-related field, human factors, or one of the listed engineering fields. Students must be within a year of completing that degree. Interested candidates must email the following documentation that demonstrates interest in, and qualifications for, the Fellowship, including:

  1. A résumé.
  2. Statement by the applicant describing areas of interest in aviation policy and how the Fellowship experience will be important to individual career goals.
  3. Letter of nomination from applicant’s academic advisor, or other appropriate academic faculty, stating the applicant’s suitability for such Congressional or executive branch experience.
  4. Second letter of reference from another appropriate official, which can be another academic faculty member.
  5. Writing sample – a brief issue paper or memo by the applicant on any subject demonstrating the applicant’s ability to communicate well.
  6. Transcript(s).

Visit to find additional application instructions and documents.