We aim to inspire and up-skill the next generation of young people who will power the emerging space industry using their skills and expertise to solve global challenges. Thanks to incredibly generous donations from the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut community, we have created scholarship programs that support STEM students all around the world. Our support includes financial assistance, mentoring, internships and more.



Scholarships in the US

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

Scholarships in the UK

The Galactic Unite partnership with Oxford University was made possible by a scholarship from the 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.


Scholarships in South Africa

This program is made possible by the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Timothy Nash. Launched on Mandela Day in celebration of Nelson Mandela on 18 July 2013, Timothy and Virgin Galactic staff committed to two scholarship programs 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 aging 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. Read an article of our latest Prize winner Charlie!