Imagine a world where the boundaries of space exploration are limitless, where innovative minds converge to tackle the challenges of the cosmos, and where the next generation of space pioneers is nurtured and empowered. In this world, the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship shines as a guiding star, illuminating the path for young, aspiring aerospace professionals.

Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship

But what exactly is the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship, and how does it fit into this cosmic narrative? Well, my friend, fasten your seatbelt, because we’re about to embark on a thrilling journey through the universe of aerospace innovation and the remarkable fellowship that’s shaping its future.

So, hold on tight as we prepare for liftoff into the world of the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship, where the sky is not the limit, but merely the beginning of what’s possible in the ever-expanding realm of space exploration!


What Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship is all About

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the memory of a remarkable individual who excelled as an engineer, entrepreneur, and exceptional person. His fervent dedication to advancing commercial space exploration significantly impacted the industry and served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

This program aims to instill that same level of passion in the upcoming generation by providing valuable career training to individuals who share Matthew’s commitment to exploring our universe for the betterment of humanity.

This highly competitive initiative grants outstanding college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have a deep interest in the commercial spaceflight sector the opportunity for paid summer internships at cutting-edge companies involved in space exploration.

Additionally, they receive personalized guidance from accomplished members of the space community and take part in an unforgettable summit. During this summit, Fellows have the chance to visit space-related start-ups, connect with leading figures in the industry, and cultivate their entrepreneurial skills.

Even after the summer concludes, Fellows remain connected to the MIFP Alumni community, continuing to benefit from the network as they pursue their journey toward becoming future luminaries in the field of space exploration.”

Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is open to any student who:

1. At the time of application, is a college junior, college senior, or graduate student who intends to pursue a full-time career in the commercial spaceflight industry.

2. Commercial space is broadly defined as activities in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation that will enable new or dramatically improved products or services that do not depend solely on government cost-plus contracting to prove viable. In its most aspiring terms, commercial space promises to revolutionize the space industry through new business models that will open up the space frontier for all.

3. Has earned an engineering or science degree, or is working towards one at the time the Fellowship begins.

4. Has a diversity in experience and academic interests such as in engineering, science, management, business, and other related fields that can be related to commercial space.

5. Is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (green card holder) due to export control regulations at the host companies.

6. Must be available to participate in a full-time internship during Summer 2024 and attend the MIFP Summit in July in Los Angeles.

Fellowship Application Process

Candidates have to complete only a single online application (available via the button above) in order to be considered for positions at all of the host companies.

The application consists of the following three parts (described in further detail below):

1. General Information

2. Resume, Transcript, and Two Recommendation Letters

3. Essays

To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must complete and submit all three sections of the application by the deadline of Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Once you click the “Submit” button on your application, an automated confirmation email will be sent to you.

If you do not receive this automated email, it’s possible that your application was not successfully submitted. In such a case, please reach out to us at [email protected]  to verify your submission.

(Note: To access the online form, you will need a Gmail address, as most college email accounts are associated with Gmail. If you encounter difficulties accessing the form, please inform us at [email protected]. )

Other Requirements

Resume: Your resume should be no more than two pages in length and include your current GPA. Your resume’s file name should be titled “[Last Name]_[First Name]_Resume”.

Transcript: Your university transcript can be unofficial, although an official transcript is required upon selection into the program. Your transcript’s file name should be “[Last Name]_[First Name]_Transcript”.

Recommendation Letters: Two letters of recommendation must be submitted for your application to be complete. Recommendation letter writers should submit their letters through this portal

The letters’ file names should be titled “[Applicant last name]_[Applicant first name]_[Recommender last name]”. At least one of these letters must be from a faculty member at your university.

Please encourage your recommenders to address how your coursework or work experience to date has related to commercial space, and why you are a good candidate for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program. Be sure to ask your recommenders early so they can meet the October 7th deadline!

If your recommender is unable to submit their letter via the portal, they can instead email the letter as an attachment to [email protected] with the email subject line: “Recommendation: [Applicant last name]_[Applicant first name]_[Recommender last name]”.

More Requirements

Essays: Three essay responses must be submitted for your application to be complete. Please upload your essays as a single PDF file titled, “[Last name]_[First name]_Essays”. At the start of each response, please indicate which question you are answering. In the header of each page, please include your name.

In 350 words or less, please describe the type of commercial company and internship work assignment you would prefer for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program and why.

Please answer one of the following essay questions in 350 words or less:

  1. You have been invited to provide three top policy positions for commercial space by the party of a candidate running for President in 2024. What are those top three policy positions and why?
  2. What technology is most likely to transform the space industry and lead to the emergence of new startups? Explain why.
  3. Ask ChatGPT to answer a question related to commercial space in 100 words or less. Include the ChatGPT answer and then in the remainder of your essay, you critique it for accuracy and insight.

In 600 words or less, please answer the following: Why are you excited and passionate about commercial space and your current or future role in it, and why are you a strong candidate for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program?



Fellowship Selection Process

All completed applications are reviewed by the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Selection Committee, with the most highly qualified candidates being selected for 30-minute video interviews to assess their passion for commercial spaceflight.

Following this process, finalists are selected and offered to the host companies for consideration. Ultimately, each host company will select a Fellow from among the final applicant pool.

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program will then complete the placement by notifying each Fellow of their acceptance in December 2023 or January 2024. Fellows begin their internships in May or June 2024.

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