Global Scholarship and Mentoring Program

We aim to inspire and skill up a generation of people who will power the emerging space industry, and use their skills and expertise to solve global challenges. Thanks to incredibly generous donations from Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts, we have created scholarship programs to support students around the world pursuing STEM education. Our support includes financial assistance, mentoring, internships and more.

Check out the below for more information on these initiatives including available scholarships!


Mentoring Program

To support the success of our Galactic Unite scholars, Virgin Galactic and its highly talented pool of employees offer experienced mentors across a wide array of skills.

This kind of hands on experience is a real game changer that has a life altering impact for these future innovators and leaders.” Kyle Schubert, Galactic Unite Borden Scholar

Read more about Kyle’s mentoring experience here.

US Scholarship Program

Virgin Galactic and Virgin Unite came together in 2012 to announce the Galactic Unite STEM Scholarship Program, which was made possible by generous donations from Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts Jann Bytheway and Global recording artist/UNESCO Artist for Peace Ambassador Sarah Brightman.

UK Scholarship Program at Oxford University

We think it’s important to encourage and support as many students as possible to pursue careers in STEM subjects. The University of Oxford is committed to attracting students from around the world to study and learn at all levels, regardless of background or circumstance. The Galactic Unite partnership with Oxford University was made possible by a scholarship from Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Brian Gillies. This scholarship supports aspiring physicists who intend to advocate and use scientific entrepreneurship to find solutions to global challenges.

Africa Scholarship Program

This program was launched in celebration of the wonderful Nelson Mandela on Mandela Day, 18 July 2013, made possible by Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Timothy Nash. To mark the launch of this program, Timothy and the staff of Virgin Galactic committed to raise funds for two scholarship awards at Thandulwazi Science and Math Academy.

Virgin Galactic Google Science Fair Scholarship Prize

Virgin Galactic is proud to sponsor the Google Science Fair, a global online competition for students aged from 13 to 18. The competition brings together global partners including Google, Lego Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, and inspires students to pursue their curiosity and foster their interest in science and technology.