NASA has recently made an exciting announcement about the launch of its Postdoctoral Program. This program is designed to provide a unique and inspiring research environment for fellows to work alongside leading scientists at NASA. The initiative is open to both junior and senior scientists, offering them the opportunity to explore fellowship opportunities in NASA’s postdoctoral program while contributing to the agency’s mission of advancing science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration.
J. Scott Miller, Ph.D., ORAU NPP Program Director, expressed his enthusiasm for the program in a press release. He stated that the NPP offers diverse scientific and technological fellowships at NASA, as well as exceptional educational experiences that aim to prepare future leaders for NASA and the academic community.
The ORAU, which manages the program, reveals that it provides talented scientists from the United States and other countries with unique research opportunities. Participants have the chance to contribute to ongoing NASA research projects under the guidance of senior scientists at various NASA centers, headquarters, or affiliated research institutes. The program’s fellowships last from 1 to 3 years and cover a wide range of disciplines including space science, Earth sciences, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology.
Miller added that ORAU supports NASA’s goal of fostering an inclusive, collaborative, open, and innovative work environment for postdoctoral fellows, encouraging their career development and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The deadline to apply for the current scholarship cycle is November 1, 2023.
In terms of eligibility, individuals who are in the process of earning their PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree can apply, but they must have completed all requirements for their degree before beginning an NPP fellowship. For those who have obtained their PhD more than 5 years ago, there is an opportunity to apply for a fellowship as a Senior Fellow. More information about eligibility requirements can be found on the NASA website.
Selected fellows will receive an annual stipend starting at $70,000. Additionally, supplements are provided for those living in higher cost-of-living areas and certain academic specialties. The stipend amount for senior postdoctoral fellows is based on factors such as the location of the appointment, experience beyond the doctoral degree, and career achievements.
The program also offers various benefits to fellows, including health insurance supplements, resources for professional development, a research allowance of up to $10,000 per year, and relocation reimbursement.
Interested individuals can learn more about the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) and apply for fellowships on the ORAU website. It is worth noting that ORAU manages the NPP on behalf of NASA.
In conclusion, NASA’s Postdoctoral Program presents an exciting opportunity for junior and senior scientists to conduct research in collaboration with highly accomplished scientists. It offers a supportive and stimulating environment for fellows to make significant contributions to NASA’s mission and advance their own careers in the process.