The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research. Learn more about VSGC here.

Internships: The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) offers year-round internships for Virginia undergraduates in STEM fields. Register today!


Scholarships: VSGC applications for scholarship and fellowship for the 2022-23 academic year are completed. Visit our scholarships and fellowships page for updates.


High School Programs: VSGC  runs a number of summer academies. You can see what happened here. VASTS, VESSS and Virginia Space Coast Scholars. Pathways Flight Academies .

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is committed to providing the most up-to-date information regarding our programs and internships. If you are interested in learning more, check out our blog posts here.


NASA Awards Virginia Space Grant Consortium for the NASA Space Grant Plant the Moon Challenge Project. See this link for the press release.

Next Steps in STEM

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is excited to announce our “Next Steps in STEM” video series. The series highlights participants of VSGC programs who have taken their next steps in #STEM. They are the next generation of the STEM workforce and Virginia’s best and brightest.

History of the Virginia Space
Grant Consortium

In 1987, a joint congressional study panel met to address a number of issues facing the aerospace industry and the Nation, among them a looming shortage of workers prepared for a high tech workforce and a decline in scholastic achievement, especially in the disciplines of math and science.  Congress was also concerned with building research infrastructure at our Nation’s institutions of higher education.  Congress passed legislation in 1988 which established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium received its designation from NASA in 1989. You can visit NASA’s National Space Grant website here.

Dr. Timothy Sands, Chair
President, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

Dr. Peter Blake 
Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

JoAnn Haysbert
Chancellor and Provost, Hampton University

Dr. William R. Harvey
President, Hampton University

Dr. Brian O. Hemphill
President, Old Dominion University

Dave Hudson
Senior Associate Vice President for Research

Dennis Manos
President, Hampton University

Dr. Sharon Morrissey
Chancellor, Virginia Community College System

James E. Ryan
President, University of Virginia

Dr. Katherine A. Rowe
President, William & Mary

Robert Stolle
President and CEO, CIT Building

Van Wilson
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Services

The VSGC advisory council includes representatives from each member institution who serve as the liaison for their respective institution. Members include Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, University of Virginia, Hampton University, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Air and Space Center, Science Museum of Virginia, ODU Research Foundation, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, NASA Langley Research Center, MathScience Innovation Center and Center for Innovative Technology.

For the full list, click here.

Our Strategic Plan

Mission Statement: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing quality aerospace-related, high technology, educational, workforce development and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth.

Vision: To serve as a catalyst for, and partner in, the enhancement of aerospace-related and high technology education, workforce development and research in the Commonwealth to foster enhanced quality of life for Virginia through workforce development and increased public science literacy.