Here is your chance apply!

Register to win the opportunity to train as a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM and the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences while advocating for science education within the LGBTQ community.

You may enter your application anytime before the contest deadline posted below; however, it is recommended to submit your application prior to the voting period. To submit your application, please enter the following information below:


  1. Your name
  2. Your nationality, email address, phone number, and preferred pronouns
  3. A written summary of an experiment that you would be interested in conducting on a 2020 Project PoSSUM research campaign. This could be for an experiment using PoSSUM’s Mooney 231 aircraft (up to 25k ft of altitude), a Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft (up to 50k ft), the National Research Council of Canada’s Falcon-20 microgravity aircraft (as part of PoSSUM’s BIO 103 program), or a high-altitude balloon (up to 130k ft of altitude as part of PoSSUM’s AER 103 program). Include science objective(s), method, and anticipated results.
  4. A good photo of you in action!
  5. A video of 3-5 minute duration showing your interests and expertise in science, space, inclusivity, and LGBTQ equality.
Allowed File Types : jpg,-tiff,-png Allowed File Size Limit : 100MB
The Out Astronaut Contest: Phase One Rules and Prizes

For who:

The Out Astronaut Contest is open to those who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community and are involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. We are looking for individuals who openly embrace their role in the LGBTQ community and want to serve as role models to LGBTQ youth and become representatives of their community as pioneers of astronautical science. Contestants shall also meet the following requirements:

  • Age at time of application: 18-39 years
  • Residency: US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, or Central America
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Engineering, or Technology field OR currently enrolled in an accredited degree program
  • Ability to pass a FAA Class III Flight Physical
  • LGBTQ community member



Project PoSSUM has committed a full scholarship for one individual’s tuition to attend the Advanced PoSSUM Academy at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida including lodging and round-trip flight and other travel costs for winning candidate. All finalists will receive an Out Astronaut Project T-Shirt and mission patch. The award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the next Advanced PoSSUM Academy Program.


Determining the 12 Phase One Finalists: The initial 12 finalists will be determined through a social media contest where your peers will vote on the merit of your video submission. If 12 submissions are not received by the posted deadline, an alternate selection process will be implemented.


Determining the Contest Winner: the Out Astronaut Project Executive Team and LGBT Advisory Committee will decide the winning contestant based an assessment of the contestants through 1) a personal interview, 2) their experiment design for a Project PoSSUM research campaign, 3) results of public voting contest, and 4) a video submission.



NOTE: Due to the postponement of all activities hosted by the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) and Project PoSSUM, the submission deadline for Phase One of the Out Astronaut Contest has been extended to 30 November. Project PoSSUM is scheduling the next Advanced PoSSUM Academy course for 23-27 January 2021. Our application period is currently as follows:

  • 2020 Application Deadline: 30 November 2020
  • Voting Phase: 1-31 December 2020 (tentative)
  • Finalist Down-select Process: 1-8 January
  • Award Announcement: 8 January