NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals.  The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Engage in NASA research in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, astrophysics, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and operations, space bioscience, and astrobiology.

Details:

  • UPDATED! Annual stipends start at $60,000, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and certain degree fields
  • UPDATED! Annual travel budget of $10,000
  • Relocation allowance
  • Financial supplement for health insurance purchased through the program
  • Appointments renewable for up to three years
  • Approximately 90 Fellowships awarded annually

Available Fields of Study:

  • Aeronautics, Aeronautical or Other Engineering
  • Astrobiology
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Heliophysics Science
  • Interdisciplinary/Other
  • Planetary Science
  • Technology Development

Available NASA Centers:

  • Ames Research Center
  • Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Glenn Research Center
  • Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Johnson Space Center
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Langley Research Center
  • Marshall Space Flight Center
  • NASA Astrobiology Program
  • NASA HQ
  • Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
  • Stennis Space Center
  • Wallops Flight Facility

NOTE: Not all centers participate in every application round… please refer to the website for current opportunity locations

Eligibility:

US citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents and foreign nationals eligible for a J-1 visa as a Research Scholar

Recent and Senior-Level PhD recipients

Application Deadlines

Three each year – March 1, July 1, and November 1

https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/

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