Now accepting applications!
Here's how this works.
This year, we're debuting a new online application process. Once all of your essays and other materials are prepared, 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, plus something that we've named the 'multimedia essay.'
Below, you'll find nine essay prompts. Please respond to one of the prompts below in the form of a written essay of fewer than 1,000 words. Additionally, please respond to another one or two of the prompts below in a different format. 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.
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.
Feel free to mix and match media types. For example, you could submit one written essay, one video, and one audio file. Regardless of what media type(s) you chose, all of your responses should be attached or linked within the same email that includes your main application and your letters of recommendation.
- 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's our current list of positions. Keep in mind that these details may be updated over time!
|Host Institution||Likely Location||Citizenship + Eligibility||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|
|Altius Space Machines||Broomfield, CO||US Persons Only||Space||Business or 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|
|Generation Orbit||Atlanta, GA||US Persons Only||Either||Business or Engineering|
|HawkEye 360||Herndon, VA||US Persons Only||Space||Engineering|
|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|
Thing 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: 2018BOFP_CandidateLastname_RecommenderLastname
All of the above must be received by the application deadline of 5 December 2017.