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Grants are now available for the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)

The funding is aimed at senior and early-career scientists who will be able to work with prominent members of the agency.


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NASA recently announced that applications have opened for its postdoctoral program that seeks to develop advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration.

J. Scott Miller, Ph.D and NPP Program Director, stated in a press release:

The NPP includes diverse scientific and technological fellowships offered at NASA and one-of-a-kind educational experiences that prepare future leaders for NASA and the academic community.

About NPP

This program offers unique research opportunities for highly talented U.S. and non-U.S. scientists to participate in ongoing NASA research projects with top talent from the agency.

These one-to three-year fellowships are competitive and designed to advance NASA missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship cycle is July 1, 2023.

Learn more or apply for the grants by clicking here.

How to apply?

Keep these requirements in mind to see if you are eligible:

  • Applicants who are in the process of earning their PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree can apply now.
  • Anyone interested in applying must have completed the requirements for their doctoral degree before starting an NPP fellowship.
  • For their part, scientists who have obtained their PhD more than five years earlier can apply for the fellowship as a Senior Fellow.

See eligibility details and requirements by clicking here.


NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships currently offer about $70,000 annually.

The amount stipulated for a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow is based on appointment location, experience (number of years post-PhD), and professional achievement, including academic rank and professional title.

Available benefits include health insurance supplements, professional development resources, a research allowance of up to $10,000 per year, and travel reimbursement.

ORAU supports NASA's goal to build an inclusive, collaborative, open, and innovative work environment that enhances work-life balance and encourages career development for postdoctoral fellows,” added Miller.


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