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Graduate Academic Program

Producing scientific leaders and experts requires an advanced graduate program that engages students in research on the vanguard of the discipline. To that end, Howard University has assembled a cadre of talented faculty who are already making significant contributions, for example, in their leadership of international field experiments in West Africa to study the genesis of tropical storms. As for the essay editors, you an contact them if you fill in the request form at

They have fostered productive research collaborations with NASA scientists. The Water Vapor Variability Satellite/Sondes (WAVES) field experiment that was conducted at the Howard University Beltsville Campus between 2006 and 2008 is one such example. WAVES accomplished important science for NASA in terms of AURA and AIRS ground validation (as evidenced by the resulting publications) while engaging numerous graduate and undergraduate students.

The mission of the Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation (BCCSO) is to lead a transformation in atmospheric research and education by inspiring traditionally underrepresented groups.  Our goal is to:

  • Create Science and Academic Leaders
  • Educate the Next Generation of Scientists
  • Conduct Research to Improve Weather, Climate, and Air Quality Prediction
  • Establish a World Class Atmospheric Research Facility

About BCCSO’s Educational Opportunities 

BCCSO’s Graduate Scholarship includes a tuition waiver for Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 academic semesters, a twelve month stipend (September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2011) in the amount of $23,000, among other benefits.  Total support per academic year will begin at $43,000.  The award will cover required travel to attend conferences and offsite research efforts as determined by your advisor.   

A breakdown of the Graduate Fellowship Award is as follows:

Tuition waver for Spring and Fall academic semesters: $19,930
Twelve Month Stipend: $23,000
Paid Student Fees: $402.50
Enrollment fees*: $300.00
Conference Travel and Fees: Free
Total: $43,632.50

In fulfillment of the Fellowship Requirements and to continue receiving support from BCCSO, you are required to:

1)    enroll as a fulltime student (9 credits or more per semester);
2)    actively participate in NASA - URC activities and research at BCCSO;
3)    remain in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 3.2); and
4)    submit reports on your research periodically.

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BCCSO Graduate Scholarship Application.pdf 25.04 KB
BCCSO Graduate Scholarship Application - Reappointment.pdf 24.52 KB