Our 2019 application window is opening soon. For those of you who want to get any early jump on our 2019 window (what what!), here's how things worked:
Beginning with our Class of 2018, we use an online application form. Before you submit your form, you'll want to create some original material, gathering some existing documentation, and peruse our website to decide what type of match you'd like best from our among our amazing Host institutions. Once you've done all of that--and once our application window opens--you can use the link at the bottom of this page to submit your materials. Having already done all the hard work, the actual submission process should just take you a few minutes.
Before you start the submission process, there are several things you should have already done.
Things to Create
Transcripts and resumes are useful sources of information--but we find it more useful to learn about our candidates by asking them to create. Accordingly, as part of our application, we require you create a minimum of two original works: a relatively traditional written essay (fewer than 1,000 words), plus something that we've named the 'multimedia essay'--which is a response to one of the prompts that takes essentially any format that isn't a written prose essay. Your multimedia response can come in any of a variety of forms; feel free to choose the media that best reflects you, your interests, and your talents. Past Fellows have submitted poems, animations, written works of fiction, spoken word pieces, songs, graphic designs, comic books, and video monologues. We would, of course, love to be surprised. Please make sure whatever you send us is in a format that our selection committee members will be able to access without needing special software.
If you are so inclined, you can optionally submit a second multimedia essay as well. Feel free to mix and match media types. For example, you could submit one video and one audio file, to go along with your required written essay.
All responses should be original works, created by you specifically for this program. Though you are welcome to excerpt your own work from past homework assignments or similar, please ensure you have crafted a response that specifically addresses one of the prompts below.
Below, you'll find the nine essay prompts we used for our Class of 2018. Some of these prompts will be available to the Class of 2019 as well, while others will be replaced.
- GPAs and college transcripts don’t paint a complete picture of a person. What else do we need to know about you?
- What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever screwed up? What did you learn from it?
- If a younger sibling or a family friend asked you if she should pursue a career in aerospace, what would you tell her?
- What projects have you started on your own? Why did you start them, and what did you learn?
- Not everyone loves aviation or space exploration as much as we do. What do you do when confronted by a person—perhaps a family member or a childhood friend—who doesn’t get why you are so excited about aerospace?
- In what specific way(s) do you want your work in the aerospace community to make life better for others?
- If you received a grant for one million dollars to be used on any aerospace project with no strings attached, how would you use it?
- What is a significant sacrifice you’ve made to help a family member, classmate, or colleague?
- When you find yourself struggling with a project, what do you tend to do?
Things to Decide
One unique aspect of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is the way we match Fellows to jobs. You are probably used to applying to specific openings at specific companies or organizations, but that's not how we work. Instead, we gather an enormous volume of data from both hosts and applicants and then use that to suggest specific pairings.
To do this, we'll need several inputs from you to help us understand what would make the most successful summer possible. On the application form, you'll notice that we ask you to rank a bunch of different job attributes—for example, do you care more about a company's culture or its mission? Are you looking for a specific set of experiences, or to be exposed to new things?
We will also indicate which of our host institutions appeal to you the most. Please keep in mind that you will be considered for matches will all of our hosts, not just the ones you indicate—and indeed, some of our greatest success stories have come from Fellows paired with companies they had never even heard of prior to applying.
Here are the list of potential matches that were made available to applicants for the Class of 2018. Keep in mind that these details will change for our Class of 2019, though certainly many of these options will still be available.!
|Host Institution||Likely Location||Citizenship Restrictions  ||Aviation or Space?  ||Likely Project Type|
|Aerospace Corporation||El Segundo, CA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|Air Line Pilots Association||Herndon, VA||US Persons Only||Aviation||Engineering or Policy|
|Airbus Americas||Herndon, VA||US Persons Preferred||Both||Business, Engineering, or Policy|
|Altius Space Machines||Broomfield, CO||US Persons Only||Space||Business or Engineering|
|Amazon Prime Air||Seattle, WA||-||Aviation||Engineering|
|Avascent||Washington, DC||US Persons Only||Space||Business or Engineering|
|Ball Aerospace||Boulder, CO or Washington, DC  ||US Persons Only||Space||Business|
|Blue Origin||Kent, WA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|Bryce Space and Technology||Alexandria, VA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Engineering|
|Commercial Spaceflight Federation   ||Washington, DC||US Persons Only||Space||Policy|
|Digital Globe||Herndon, VA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|Generation Orbit||Atlanta, GA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Engineering|
|HawkEye 360||Herndon, VA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|Jet Blue Technology Ventures||San Carlos, CA||Aviation||Business|
|Made in Space||Moffett Field, CA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|The Moak Group||Washington, DC||US Persons Only||Either||Communications|
|Mojave Air and Space Port||Mojave, CA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Policy|
|Museum of Flight||Seattle, WA||-||Either||Business or Education|
|Orbital ATK||Dulles, VA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|Planet||San Francisco, CA||-||Space||Engineering|
|Planetary Resources||Redmond, WA||US Persons Only||Space||Business or Engineering|
|Scaled Composites||Mojave, CA||US Citizens Only||Aviation||Engineering|
|Sierra Nevada Corporation||Louisville, CO||US Persons Only||Space||Business or Engineering|
|Space Angels||New York, NY||-||Space||Business|
|SpaceX||Hawthorne, CA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|SSL||Palo Alto, CA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|Stratolaunch||Seattle, WA||US Persons Only||Either||Engineering|
|The Spaceship Company||Mojave, CA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Engineering|
|Ventions||SF Bay Area, CA||US Persons Only||Either||Engineering|
|Virgin Galactic||Las Cruces, NM or Mojave, CA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Engineering|
|Virgin Orbit||Long Beach, CA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Engineering|
|Vulcan||Seattle, WA||Either||Business or Engineering|
|XPRIZE Foundation||Culver City, CA||-||Either||Business|
ThingS to Gather
When you submit your application using the form below, it will ask you to attach a copy of your resume and a current transcript from your college or university.
Additionally, have two to four letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com. At least one of these letters must be from a faculty member at your college or university.
Please encourage your letter of recommendation authors to address some or all of the following questions: How is your coursework or work experience to date related to the aerospace industry? What is the likelihood that you will pursue a full-time career in aviation or space exploration? How would becoming a Brooke Owens Fellow benefit you? What characteristics make you well suited for the Brooke Owens Fellowship program? What value would you bring to the Fellowship program and to your classmates?
Additionally, we would appreciate it if the authors of your letters could submit the letters as PDFs, with the following filename convention: 2019BOFP_CandidateLastname_RecommenderLastname
All of the above must be received by the application deadline. Check back soon to learn the deadline for applicants for our Class of 2019!