NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2021

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)

Application Deadline July 1, 2021

NASA was established in 1958, NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) A U.S. federal government autonomous agency responsible for the civilian space program, space research and aeronautics.

Every year NASA called applications for The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) to develop scientific understanding of Earth and the Universe.

NASA called US and international scientist for The NASA Postdoctoral Program to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals.  The NPP supports fundamental science, promotes intellectual growth, and encourages scientific connections.

NPP (The NASA Postdoctoral Program) offers research opportunities to NASA research projects at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters. These one- to three-year Fellowship appointments are competitive and are designed to advance NASA’s missions in earth science, space science, aeronautics, exploration systems, space operations and astrobiology.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellows have made significant research contributions that have specific science efforts of NASA and the body of general scientific knowledge, in the areas of earth science, aeronautics, astrophysics, biology and astrobiology, cosmo-chemistry, planetary science, and technology development.

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) application deadlines are March 1, July 1 and November 1 each year.

NASA Engage in research and development in planetary science, Earth science, astrophysics, aeronautics and engineering, space bioscience, human exploration and operations and astrobiology.


  • Annual stipends start at $60,000, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas
  • Annual travel budget of $10,000
  • Relocation allowance
  • Health insurance purchased through the program
  • Appointments renewable for up to three years
  • Number of fellowship approximately 90 Fellowships awarded annually

Available Fields of Study

  • Aeronautics, Aeronautical or Other Engineering
  • Astrobiology
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Heliophysics Science
  • Interdisciplinary/Other
  • Planetary Science
  • Technology Development

NASA Centers

  • Ames Research Center
  • Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Glenn Research Center
  • Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Johnson Space Center
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Langley Research Center
  • Marshall Space Flight Center
  • NASA Astrobiology Program
  • Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
  • Stennis Space Center
  • Wallops Flight Facility


  • Permanent US citizens, Lawful Residents and foreign nationals eligible for a J-1 visa as a Research Scholar
  • Recent and Senior-Level PhD holder

Application Deadlines

Every year three times NASA called application form eligible scientist – March 1, July 1, November 1

To learn more about specific opportunities and to apply, please visit here


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