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NASA Postdoctoral Program at the Science Directorate

So, you are considering a postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA you have come to the right place!

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) 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’s missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology. NPP is offered at each NASA center and is administered by Universities Space Research Association (USRA).

Research Opportunities

Center Program Managers work with advisors to post research opportunities (ROs) online at the NPP site hosted by USRA (for the complete catalog of all of NASA’s ROs, please visit:

Eligibility Requirements:

Prospective candidates are required to contact the advisors listed to discuss whether the opportunity is a good fit.
Proposals deadlines occur three times annually: March-, July-, and November 1st.

Regarding eligibility requirements please go to: for temporary eligibility restrictions for non-US citizens.

Applicants can be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Foreign Nationals eligible for J-1 Research Scholar status*

* NPP Program Managers work with the necessary NASA and USRA entities to get Fellows’ paperwork completed and badged upon the Fellows’ start date.


1st year stipend is $60,000 with an additional $1,500 each year up to 3 years to include a yearly travel allowance of $10,000.

Senior Fellows’ stipend amounts vary based on the location of the appointment, experience (number of years beyond the doctoral degree), and career achievement (academic rank and professional title).

Additional details on salary and fringe benefits (health insurance, moving expenses, and budget for travel) can be found at the main USRA site:

Contact Us

Kathleen C. Powell
NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Center Representative
Navigation Center Staff
LAMPS 2 Contract with Banner Staffing
Workforce Plan, Dev, & Analytics Office (B411)
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681
Phone: (757) 864-3062 Fax: (757) 864-8465

For complete details and application instructions,
please visit the official USRA website: