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NASA postdoctoral program seeks early career and senior scientists


NASA invites both early-career and senior  scientists to explore fellowship opportunities in its postdoctoral program and share in NASA’s mission to develop advancements in science, technology, aeronautics and space exploration. The deadline to apply  for this cycle of fellowships is Nov. 1. Learn more or apply for fellowships in the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP).

“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,” said ORAU NPP Program Director J. Scott Miller, Ph.D. “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.”

This program offers unique research opportunities for highly-talented U.S. and non-U.S. scientists to engage in ongoing NASA research projects with top scientists at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters or at a NASA-affiliated research institute. These one- to three-year fellowships are competitive and are  designed to advance NASA’s missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations,  exploration systems and astrobiology.

Scientists within five years of having received their degrees are eligible to apply as a postdoctoral fellow; scientists who have received their doctorates more than five years previously may apply as a senior fellow.

After their first year as a postdoctoral fellow, scientists interested in management may apply to the postdoctoral management program at NASA Headquarters. NASA has re-opened eligibility to foreign nationals who are eligible for the Exchange Visitor J-1 visa status. See eligibility and requirements for  more details.

Stipend rates for these NASA postdoctoral fellows currently start at $70,000 per year. Supplements are  provided for higher cost-of-living areas and certain academic specialties.

The stipend amount for a  senior postdoctoral fellow is based on the location of the appointment, experience (number of years  beyond the doctoral degree) and career achievement, including academic rank and professional title. Available benefits include health insurance supplements, professional development resources, a research allowance up to $10,000 per year and relocation reimbursement.

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