National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP)


Application for the 2014 NGFFP opens on Thursday, November 7, 2013 and closes on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Program Description

The ten-week 2014 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP) is open to full-time science and engineering faculty members at accredited US universities and colleges. The NGFFP will be offered at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio, from Monday, June 2, through Friday, Aug. 8. Proposed faculty work must be aligned with needs of GRC, and have a high probability to advance NASA mission.

The NGFFP aims at providing the following mutual benefits:

  1. Enhance faculty professional knowledge through their engagement in relevant and cutting-edge research at GRC;
  2. Stimulate exchange of ideas between faculty and GRC employees;
  3. Enrich and refresh the research and teaching at US academic institutions by infusing NASA mission-related research and technology content into classroom teaching; and,
  4. Contribute complementarily to in-house research, technology and engineering work packages and objectives of GRC.

Glenn Research Center

GRC is distinguished by its unique blend of aeronautics and space flight experience. The center’s world-class research outcomes and technological advancements encompass space flight systems development; in-space propulsion systems and cryogenic fluids management; power, energy storage and conversion; air-breathing propulsion; physical science and biomedical technologies in space; materials & structures for extreme environments; and communication technology and development. The main campus of GRC is adjacent to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and has 140 buildings, 24 major facilities and more than 500 specialized research and test facilities. A satellite campus of GRC is Plum Brook Station which is located 50 miles west of Cleveland. The 6,400 acre station offers four large world-class facilities for space technology and capability testing for NASA’s mission and major programs.

As a designated NASA lead center for air-breathing propulsion from subsonic to hypersonic speed, GRC’s role is to develop, verify, and transfer air-breathing propulsion technologies to U.S. industry. GRC is, also, a designated Center of Excellence in turbomachinery, whereby it develops new and innovative turbomachinery technology to improve the reliability and performance, efficiency and affordability, capacity and environmental compatibility of future aeronautical and space propulsion systems. Other GRC primary areas of expertise include a broad array of research, technology and engineering development efforts in aerospace power, space electronics, launch and exploration vehicles, and space processes and experiments which include combustion and reacting systems, and fluid physics and transport.

Additionally, GRC is engaged in technology development in advanced energy, including renewable wind, solar and coal energy. Some of several energy-related demonstration projects focus on testing, evaluation and advancement of wind turbines, fuel cells and photovoltaics.

Research and technology, and engineering engagements comprise NASA mission-related areas of interest, including:

  1. Acoustics
  2. Advanced Energy (Renewable Wind and Solar, Coal Energy and Alternative Energy)
  3. Advanced Microwave Communications
  4. Aeronautical and Space Systems Analysis
  5. Computer Systems and Networks
  6. Electric (Ion) Propulsion
  7. Icing and Cryogenic Systems
  8. Instrumentation, Controls and Electronics
  9. Fluids, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Turbomachinery
  10. Materials and Structures, including Mechanical Components and Lubrication
  11. Microgravity Fluid Physics, Combustion Phenomena and Bioengineering
  12. Nanotechnology
  13. Photovoltaics, Electrochemistry-Physics, and Thermal Energy Conversion
  14. Propulsion System Aerodynamics
  15. Space Power Generation, Storage, Distribution and Management
  16. Systems Engineering

More in-depth descriptions of GRC research opportunities for faculty may be found at the University Affairs site (Higher Education programs) and by visiting the GRC portion of NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) site.


Science and engineering US citizens who are full-time, tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at 4-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at 2-year U.S. academic institutions are eligible to apply to NGFFP. Faculty members who are legal Permanent Residents of the US and are interested in mainly analytical/fundamental research may apply; such faculty will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Faculty members from under-represented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), namely, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are encouraged to apply.

Each NGFFP Award is for one Summer residency at GRC. Candidates who have participated in the NGFFP during the immediate past two consecutive Summers may not re-apply for, at least, one year.

GRC is committed to implementing all Federal laws, regulations and guidelines related to the development of affirmative employment and inclusion of persons with disabilities. Women and under-represented groups, and disabled persons with qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for NGFFP Award

Each selected Fellow will be expected to:

  • Not receive remuneration from other U.S. federal sources (e.g. Grants & Contracts) during the NGFFP tenure;
  • Complete a continuous, full time10-week tenure at GRC
  • Not take leave or concurrently engage in teaching and/or research at an institution during the 10-week Fellowship at GRC;
  • Conduct a research presentation or seminar at GRC, during the Fellowship tenure;
  • Abide by NASA regulations governing scientists and engineers, as guest investigators;
  • Furnish to GRC full information on Fellowship-derived, patentable invention;
  • Submit a final report on the results and outcomes of their research, at the end of their Fellowship;
  • Complete a program feedback form, on-site, at the end of the Fellowship, before departing from GRC.