2019 Out Astronaut Phase-1 Contest Finalists

Watch the 2019 Phase One Out Astronaut Contest Finalists share their stories here!

Stay posted for the 2020 Out Astronaut Phase One competition – submissions will be accepted starting on 12 April 2020. Your votes, combined with our technical assessments of our contestants experiments and their potential to inspire and empower the LGBTQ community will decide the winner. Here is your opportunity to vote on what submission you feel contributes the most to LGBTQ representation in STEM and space exploration!
Total votes for the Contest "2019 Out Astronaut Contest - Phase One" : 18836

The Out Astronaut Project - Phase One:

Project PoSSUM has committed a full scholarship for one individual’s tuition to attend the Advanced PoSSUM Academy this September 2019, including lodging and round-trip flight and other travel costs for winning candidate.


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 or Central America
  • Bachelors Degree in a Science, Engineering, or Technology field or currently enrolled in an accredited degree program
  • FAA Class III Flight Physical
  • LGBTQ community member


Phase One Evaluation Criteria:

All finalists will receive an Out Astronaut Project T-Shirt and a Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Manual. The award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the September 2019 Advanced PoSSUM Academy Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.


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 1 August 2019, the contest will be extended and the new Phase One submission deadline will be 1 February 2020.


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 1) Personal interview, 2) letters of reference, 3) essay, 4) character evaluation form, and 5) video submission.



  • Application Period: 12 April 2019 to 1 August 2019
  • Finalists Selected: 1 September 2019
  • Finalist Downselect Process: 1 September 2019 to 8 September 2019
  • Award Announcement: 8 September 2019