The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years with professional experience in space life science disciplines. This challenging ten-week summer program is held at NASA's Ames Research Center in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.


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UPDATE - Deadline Extended to January 11, 5:00 PM PT

The SLSTP application deadline has been extended to Monday, January 11, 2021 (5PM PT). Please have your application completed and submitted, including receipt of your letters of recommendation into the system, by the extended deadline. Revisions/updates to previously submitted applications/files are permitted.

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We are now accepting applications.

SLSTP 2021 will be virtual! We look forward to hosting another great summer program.

Upcoming webinars! Check this site frequently for information on upcoming webinars where we will present material to help you best prepare your application. Please also subscribe to our mailing list here to receive additional program notifications.

Questions and Answers from November 20, 2020 Information Session

Download the Questions and Answers from this session here.

Application is where students apply to the SLSTP program at NASA Ames Research Center. Please read the instructions thoroughly before creating an account/logging in.
  • Application Opens: October/November
  • Application Deadline: January 11, 5:00 PM PT
  • Application Review: January
  • Offers Extended: Mid-February
  • Virtual Internship: June 7 to August 13, 2021
EligibilityAn applicant for the SLSTP program must:
  • be a US citizen*
  • be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or greater)
  • have a minimum age of 18
  • be a junior or senior undergraduate student next Fall
    -- or --
    a senior graduating in 2021 and entering graduate school next Fall.
  • have a passion for space and a desire to study space life science.

Under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

*Citizens of US territories Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Marianas are U.S. citizens.

Permanent Resident foreign nationals, Legal Resident Aliens, Work Permit holders, and undocumented immigrants are not eligible.

Additional Program InformationYou can read more about the SLSTP program here.
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