The purpose of the SMA Wyle Scholarship is to encourage students, who have demonstrated academic achievement and have shown an interest in Space Biology and Space Medical Operations (e.g., biomedical engineering, space flight physiology, human factors research, nursing, psychology, safety, life sciences, etc.) to further pursue a career in Space Medicine.
A scholarship award of $500 will be awarded through a competitive process to an individual selected by the scholarship award committee.
Dates | Deadlines
Dates and deadlines are as follows:
- Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 1st.
All application materials, including supporting documentation, must be received at the Space Medicine Association by the stated deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- Award Announcement/Presentation: At the Annual Meeting of the Space Medicine Association in May.
Applicants will be notified of award decisions by email so they can attend the meeting if possible. The awards will be made payable to the student directly.
Scholarships are open to college, university, and fellowship students in areas of study that support human space flight (e.g. biomedical engineering, space flight physiology, human factors research, nursing, psychology, safety, life sciences, etc.).
Scholarships are open to students who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Enrolled full-time in college, university, or a fellowship during the period of the award.
- Good academic standing
1) Complete all sections of the Application Form
The application is available in an electronic format (MS Word) and can be downloaded here:
Wyleapplication (26.0 KiB)
If you are unable to access the form electronically, or would like to request a paper copy, contact the Space Medicine Association by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow one week for delivery of forms.
2) Attach the following supporting documentation to the application
- Letter of Intent and personal statement: Indicate your career goals as they relate to space medicine to support human space flight and how this scholarship will contribute to those goals. Describe how your career choice will benefit the aerospace community at large. Include any other information that you consider important (financial need, education goals, extracurricular activities) or that you believe qualifies you for scholarship consideration. Be sure to briefly describe your vocational aspirations: pursuing a PhD, an MD, or an MD/PhD degree, working at a research institute, working in the aerospace and/or space medicine industry, teaching in a research university and training graduate students, etc. (Suggested length 250-300 words). Also include a statement about your level of interest in Space Medicine and any other information that may help the committee understand your commitment to the discipline, your participation in the Space Medicine community or other activities that would be of interest. (The Space Medicine Association and the Scholarship Committee do not expect you to have the remainder of your life mapped out.)
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae: Include relevant employment, education, and extra-curricular activities/community involvement. Resume/CV should also provide current contact information including email, phone, and mailing address.
- Two Current Letters of Recommendation: Letters should specifically address your qualifications for this scholarship and must be submitted on letterhead with complete contact information and signature. Inclusion of letters with the application package is preferred, although, if sent separately, will be accepted provided they are received by the stated deadline.
- You should solicit your letters from employers, supervisors, industry interfaces, teachers and laboratory directors with whom you have worked closely and who know your work well. You should be sure to inform them what the SMA Wyle Scholarship established in honor of Robert Ellis is so that they can write an appropriate letter on your behalf.
- Note: If sent electronically (either with the application package or separately) the letter must be sent from the email account of the individual making the recommendation or submitted as a signed, scanned document.
3) Submit one original of the completed application package by mail or e-mail to (no later than March 1st):
Charles Mathers, M.D.
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1110
A Scholarship Committee composed of Space Medicine Association officers and members review applications for the Wyle Scholarship established in honor of Robert Ellis. The Space Medicine Association Scholarship Committee evaluates the eligibility of all applications received, determines those that are qualified, and then selects the winning entry. If not notified of selection by April 10th, the applicant was not selected.
Applications are ranked based on the following criteria:
- Involvement in space medicine to support human space flight
- Scholastic achievement
- Aerospace related career goals
- Strength of recommendations
Scholarship recipients agree to grant permission to release and/or publish requested recipient information to the Aerospace Medical Association and the Space Medicine Association.