The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), Application Deadline March 1

United States
Dec 07, 2018
Mar 01, 2019
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The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of Earth and the universe in which we live.

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.


·         Annual stipends start at $60,000, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and certain degree fields

·         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.


·         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

To learn more about specific opportunities and to apply, please visit


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