NASA Postdoctoral Program


The NASA Postdoctoral Program provides talented postdoctoral scientists and engineers with valuable opportunities to engage in ongoing NASA research programs and serves as a source of talent to ensure the continued quality of the NASA research workforce. These one- to three-year Fellowship appointments are competitive and are designed to advance NASA missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program consists of two components: the NASA Postdoctoral Research Program and the NASA Postdoctoral Management Program. The NASA Postdoctoral Management Program is an adjunct to the NASA Postdoctoral Research Program and is designed to provide valuable research management experience for some of the research program Fellows. Together, the two components will be operated to provide some of the most talented new and senior Ph.D.s with opportunities to participate in NASA mission-related activities as guests at NASA Centers, Headquarters, and other NASA-approved sites.

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How to Apply: 

Annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1, and November 1

Award amounts & Award process: 

A Postdoctoral Fellow has held the doctoral degree for less than five years at the time of application. Moderate supplements are given for Ph.D. degrees in certain specialized fields, such as engineering, computer science, clinical space-biomedical science, etc., and for high cost of living areas.

Stipend rates for Senior Postdoctoral Fellows are based on number of years of professional service, the total score obtained on the NPP application, and supplements for degree specialties and high cost of living areas. (A Senior Postdoctoral Fellow has held the doctoral degree for five or more years at the time of application and have achieved significant professional accomplishments in his/her field.)