The NASA GSFC Office of STEM Engagement is currently recruiting graduate students to apply for the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI).
Graduate Student Research Assistant Stipend: $11,700
Application Period: Applications are considered upon receipt and the application period closes on September 19, 2021.
The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD or NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
Graduate Student Research Assistants must be willing to commit to the year-long fall, spring and summer program whose dates are defined below. This program is not available for a single term or session. This opportunity will not conflict with the graduate student’s coursework or class schedule during the fall and spring semesters and is considered to be a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.
During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who will lead Graduate Student Research Assistants and high school STEM educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area of study related to the study of climate change. Fall and Spring sessions will have a time commitment of 10 hours per week for a period of 10 weeks.
During the summer session, the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The Graduate Student Research Assistant works collaboratively for 40 hours per week for a period of eight weeks to complete the research project and to create a scientific research paper and a PowerPoint presentation; a scientific poster will also be presented at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and/or NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and other regional sciences symposiums.
Virtual / In-person Programming
Due to impacts related to the COVID – 19 pandemic, the fall session will be conducted remotely. Spring and summer session locality requirements will be determined in accordance with the NASA Emergency Response Framework prior to the onset of each subsequent term.
Fall: 10/11/21 -12/17/21: (10 hours per week for 10 weeks)
Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) – FY 22 Recruitment Plan
Office of STEM Engagement
Goddard Space Flight Center
Spring: 02/07/22 – 04/15/22: (10 hours per week for 10 weeks)
Summer: 06/20/22 – 08/12/22: (40 hours per week for 8 weeks)
• Applicants must be in a graduate level degree program that aligns with the project that is being applied to
• Must have US citizenship
More details about the program can be found at NASA GISS: Climate Change Research Initiative.
Application Procedure: To apply for the Graduate Student Research Assistant Recruitment position, please submit an application inclusive of a cover letter, resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation to: 2021 Fall CCRI Graduate Student Research Assistants.
The cover letter should include:
• Description of how the project being applied to aligns with the graduate student’s course of study
• Detailed description of technical skills (programming languages if applicable)
Please make sure to use the following naming convention for your application files:
Last Name First Name Cover Letter
Last Name First Name Resume
Last Name First Name Transcript_1
Last Name First Name Transcript_2 (If you have more than one transcript)
Last Name First Name Graduate Advisor Letter of Support
For questions regarding this opportunity, and any other questions related to the Climate Change Research Initiative, please contact Matthew Pearce.
NASA Office of STEM Engagement
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
(212)-678-6038 | (646)-419-0144