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Prerequisites and conditions of award for the NASA Postdoctoral Program

  • 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.
  • Each NPP Fellowship is tied to a specific research opportunity located at a NASA Center. If you apply and are selected for an NPP award, you must relocate to the Center that announced the opportunity to which you applied. In the case of virtual Centers such as the NASA Astrobiology Institute, you must relocate to the university location of an 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.
  • 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. You will be notified in advance by the NPP Center Representative if a clearance is required. 
  • You cannot start your NPP appointment until all prior appointment requirements are met, including completing and returning required forms to ORAU. ORAU will not issue an advance stipend check, start stipend payments, or approve relocation travel until all requirements are met.