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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) - Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 11/1/2019
  • Anticipated 3/2020 ( Previous deadline 3/1/2019 )

Fellowships offer postdoctoral research opportunities in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Fellows participate in NASA mission-related activities as guests at NASA Centers, Headquarters, and other NASA-approved sites. Each Fellowship is tied to a specific research opportunity located at a NASA Center. The fellow must relocate to the Center or program institute that supports the opportunity to which they were accepted. In the case of virtual Centers such as the NASA Astrobiology Institute, the fellow must relocate to the university location of the advisor 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. The fellowships offer support for one year, renewable for up to an additional two years.

Applicant must have:

  • Completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctorate degree before beginning the fellowship.
  • U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa (research scholar only) before beginning the fellowship.
  • Some NASA Centers may require a security or visitation clearance.
  • See website for other eligibility requirements.

Award amount:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows (those who have held their doctoral degree for less than five years) start at $60,000 per year. Supplements are provided for high cost of living areas and certain academic specialties.
  • Senior Postdoctoral Fellow (those who have held their doctoral degree for five or more years) is based on the location of the appointment, experience (number of years beyond the doctoral degree), and career achievement (academic rank and professional title)
  • Fellows receive $10,000 per appointment year to support travel to conferences, meetings, and other activities (i.e., travel to field sites or observatories to collect data or for required training) that directly support their research projects.
  • Relocation expenses
  • Contribution to the cost of health insurance.

Dr. Scott Miller
NASA Postdoctoral Program Director
Tel: 888-811-1164



Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Sciences/Engineering/Math; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; International Students; Postdoctoral/Post-graduate; Fellowship/Grant; Unrestricted

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