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Current Cycle Deadline:
July 1, 2016, 6:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time
The NASA Postdoctoral Program
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA’s mission, to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.
NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering,human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management.
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellows contribute to our national scientific exploration, confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research, and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.
You must have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctorate degree before beginning the fellowship.
You must have U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa (research scholar only) before beginning the fellowship. An H-1B status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program. You are eligible to apply for the NPP while holding the F-1 status. However, if you are selected for an appointment, you must change your status to one listed above.
Since each NPP Fellowship is tied to a specific research opportunity located at a NASA Center or program institute, you must relocate to the Center or program institute that supports the opportunity to which you were accepted. In the case of virtual Centers such as the NASA Astrobiology Institute, you must relocate to the university location of your advisor as listed on the research opportunity. Establishing and maintaining residency at the Center or at the location of the advisor is required to begin the appointment and to remain in the program.
You must not have held an NPP appointment for five years prior to applying. NPP Fellows are eligible for another award five years after the end of the previous appointment.
Some NASA Centers may require a security or visitation clearance before you start your appointment. The NPP Center Representative will notify you in advance if a clearance is required.
You cannot start your NPP appointment until all appointment requirements are met. This includes completing and returning all required forms and documentation to USRA. USRA will not issue an advance stipend check, start stipend payments, or approve relocation travel until all requirements are met.
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellows must meet the following program requirements:
Fellows must have fulfilled all the eligibility requirements in order to receive their award.
Fellows are stipend recipients and not employees of either NASA or USRA or of their host institution.
Fellows must provide proof of health insurance, either through the Aetna plan offered by USRA, or from another qualified plan. If insured under another qualified plan, the Fellow must provide USRA with the insurer name, policy number, and copies of the front and back of the insurance card.
The Fellow is required to maintain all safety, security, IT security and other training requirements of the host Center at which they are residing.
Relocation costs must be pre-approved by USRA 60 days prior to travel.
The Fellow must commit to resident participation at an approved NASA site for the duration of the appointment, and avoid obligations that will interrupt the research during the appointment.
Fellows are required to adhere to the host institution’s requirements for prior review and approval of all material to be published. This includes material that will appear in print (including poster presentations at meetings) or material prepared for oral presentation.
The Fellow is required to report all inventions made as a result of the appointment promptly to the director or patent counsel of his/her host institution and also to USRA.
USRA does not assert any rights to inventions made during the appointment.
NASA requires that the Fellow be fully involved in the research and educational opportunities available in the NPP appointment; the Fellow may not provide services for compensation to a third party, or supplement their stipends through simultaneous employment, grants, or other sources of income that compete with the Fellowship.
Applying to the NASA Postdoctoral Program
Currently, the Astrobiology Program accepts applications only during the March and November rounds, and does not consider applications submitted during the July round.
Note: You may submit only one application during a given application cycle.
Register before you apply
You must register on the Applicant Portal to submit your application to the NASA Postdoctoral Program. You may return and edit the application; you do not have to complete it in one session.
You may return and edit the application up until the current deadline; you do not have to complete the application in one session.
Identify a research opportunity
You should search the available opportunities before you begin your application. You can search by science topic, or NASA Center, citizenship requirement or keyword. Since some opportunities are restricted to US citizens, you can also search by citizenship as well.
Once you have identified a research opportunity you should contact the NASA advisor associated with that research opportunity by phone or e-mail. The advisor can provide more specific information on current research and available technical facilities and can offer scientific advice that may help you develop the proposal you must submit with your application.
Complete your application
You will apply as either a Postdoctoral Fellow or a Senior Fellow depending on your seniority: A Postdoctoral Fellow has held the doctoral degree for less than five years at the time of application; A Senior Fellow has held the doctoral degree for five or more years at the time of application.
The Applicant portal will guide you through the application process. You will need to supply contact information, citizenship, demographic information, employment, publication, education and research experience. In addition, you will need to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be received by the application deadline. If you are applying as a Postdoctoral Fellow (i.e. if you have held your doctorate for less than five years), you must also arrange for your university to send us original transcripts to be received by the application deadline.
Letters of Reference
You must arrange for three letters of reference that must be received by the cycle deadline for your application to be considered in that cycle. If you are applying as a Postdoctoral Fellow (i.e. you have received your doctoral degree within the last five years), one reference must be from your thesis advisor. However, note that the NASA Research Opportunity Advisor should not serve as a reference, even if he or she was your thesis advisor.
The research proposal
Your research proposal needs to clearly address the goals and objectives described in the research opportunity. You should communicate directly with the NASA advisor associated with the research opportunity. Your proposal will be reviewed by the NASA Center to assess its suitability for the research opportunity and, if necessary, will thereafter be reviewed by an external peer review committee.
Your proposal should begin with a brief abstract summarizing the scientific problem to be addressed, the proposed science plan, your methodology, and expected results.
For application as a research fellow, the proposal text should consist of the following six sections:
A statement of problem to be addressed;
A description of the science background and relevance to previous work in the field;
General methodology (procedures to be followed, and timeline for completion of each step);
Explanation of new or unusual techniques;
Expected results and their significance or application;
Literature citations, where appropriate.
Applications to the NASA Postdoctoral Management Program should begin with a statement of purpose for seeking the NPMP appointment, and include the following sections:
an abstract of goals for NPMP appointment (maximum one page);
a description of pre-NPP knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the NPMP appointment;
an explanation of the relevance of current NPP experience to the NPMP appointment;
expected contributions during the NPMP appointment;
methods or innovations to achieve those goals and contributions; and
career goals beyond the NPMP appointment.
The maximum length for the proposal is 15 pages, including figures and citations; double-spaced; 12-point font; 1″ margins.
You must submit your proposal as a Portable Document Format (.pdf) file.
Proposals which do not follow the prescribed format may be rejected at the discretion of NASA. Applicants can use the provided Proposal Template (in .docx and LaTeX formats) to ensure proper formatting of the submitted proposal.
Graduate Degree Transcripts
If you are applying as a Postdoctoral Fellow, you must submit official graduate school transcripts. Transcripts are needed since they allow reviewers to compare the applicant’s academic preparation and performance to that of other applicants. Senior Fellows are not required to provide transcripts.
A graduate degree transcript is an official report of the academic record of the student provided by the university. The transcript identifies the field of study, the topics studied, the depth of the study, and a measure of performance. The transcript should show titles of courses completed; credit hours or duration of the course; grades, marks, or subjective evaluations received by the student; academic status or honors received; and the degree(s) conferred. The transcript should be provided directly to USRA by the degree-granting university, and should have an original university seal, be printed on official letterhead and be signed by an official of the university. The transcript should be sent by mail to USRA at
NASA Postdoctoral Program
۷۱۷۸ Columbia Gateway Dr.
Columbia, MD, 21046
Official transcripts can be e-mailed from the University as a PDF document [email protected]
E-mailed transcripts should use the subject line:
University: Transcript for Applicant Firstname Lastname
(where University is the name of the University, and Firstname Lastname the first and last names of the applicant)
Transcripts sent by the applicant, regardless of the format, will not be accepted. Certificates, diplomas, or announcements of Ph.D. ceremonies that announce or record that an applicant has received the Ph.D. are not acceptable transcripts for the purpose of the NASA Postdoctoral Program. Please contact USRA if your academic institution does not provide conventional transcripts.
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