Applications for the 2019 Caltech Space Challenge are now open!
Applications are submitted via this online form. Please consult the application instructions below for an overview of the required application documents. The deadline to submit or edit your application is December 1, 2018. All incomplete applications after this date will be discarded.
Participation in this competition does not require an entry fee. Housing, all meals, and a travel reimbursement (full or partial, depending on the funding available) will be provided for all participants.
Reasons to apply
Participate in one of the top space challenges in the world
Work with colleagues who are finally up to your standards of excellence in science, engineering and other disciplines to tackle some of the toughest problems in space exploration today
Learn in a unique multidisciplinary environment consisting of students, faculty members and some of the sharpest minds in industry
Connect directly with some of the leading companies in the space industry and have your resume provided directly to them for hiring consideration
Fill out this online application form to apply. The following items will be required:
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Request a letter of recommendation from an advisor, supervisor or professor.
Start to ask early!
You will have to type his/her email address in the online form.
LETTER OF MOTIVATION (3000 CHARACTERS - 1 PAGE, MAXIMUM)
Explain the following:
Why are you interested in the Caltech Space Challenge?
How will participation benefit you?
What technical skills would you bring to your team?
Describe your previous leadership and group project experiences.
Given your background, what aspect of mission design are you most interested in?
For art and design applicants, please include some space related artwork
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students during the 2018-19 academic year from any nationality are eligible to apply. This includes students who finish their undergraduate degree before the end of the academic year and start a graduate program in fall 2019 (in this case please provide evidence of application to graduate school).
Since a mission design involves a highly multidisciplinary work force, students from any discipline may apply. Disciplines include (but are not limited to):
Geology and Planetary Sciences
Graphic Design/Graphic Arts