Mini Grant Offering: Hosting a Week in the United States (IPS)

The IPS initiative to host a guest for a week at a MAPS member site is offering a mini-grant. The amount of $500 (USD) is available to a member or member facility of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society to cover the required $500 towards airfare for hosting a guest as part of the IPS project, “A Week in the United States”. Click the form link below and visit the IPS site for additional details and restrictions!

Grant Instructions/Restrictions [PDF]

Planetarium Scholarships

A list of scholarships from other organizations or institutions

Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund, Inc.Students interested in working in the planetarium field should be made aware of the availability of generous scholarships. Past awards have been made to students in New York, Texas, Indiana, and elsewhere. Amounts have ranged from $1,500 to $4,000 per semester plus a selection of books on astronomical topics suitable as references when writing planetarium shows.

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to students interested in gaining employment in the planetarium field as professionals. These scholarships are open to all United States citizens or legal residents attending accredited educational institutions in the United States or possessions.

Awards are based on answers to the two page application, recent transcripts, and recommendations. They are potentially renewable based on satisfactory academic progress. You are urged to have any interested students submit their application. Further information and the application may be found at the following website:

More information and application

Published Grants

Grant results that are published through the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society

Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Education Research Grant

The Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society is offering an Education Research Grant to financially support planetarians in conducting research on the use and impact of planetariums in education.

Who can apply: Any current MAPS member. Each member can only apply for one grant per grant cycle.

Application deadline: Rolling (Opens January 1st continues till funds exhausted or year-end)

Award dates: Notifications will be made privately to applicants within 6 weeks of submission and will be announced publically on the MAPS website.

Grant time period: 1 year from your notification; an additional 6 month extension can be requested in writing if needed.

Budget: Grant awards up to $2,500.00 and must follow these guidelines:

More Info and Full Application

Armand Spitz Mini-Grant Offering


The amount of $200 (USD) is available to a member or member facility of the Middle
Atlantic Planetarium Society to assist in the conducting of a regional meeting of member and
non-member planetarians for the purpose of mutual exchange of programs, lessons, technical
knowledge and other items for professional growth.

>> View the PDF for more information.