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The November 1 application deadline has passed, and this website will not accept NPP applications beyond November 1, 2015. Watch the NASA SARA website for information on how to apply during the March 1, 2016, application round.

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Purpose of the NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration; confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research; and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.

Latest News

Volume 4, Issue 1 of the NPP Newsletter includes a report about ARC Fellow Elizabeth Blaber’s research on tissue degeneration in space; a look at the history of Johnson Space Center and current research happening there; an NPP alumni “Where Are They Now” section featuring Gioia Massa; NPP Kudos; and our usual report of program statistics.

The idea of spending two weeks cooped up in a 150 cubic meter space with three other people might sound like a nightmare to most people, but to Kristen John, an NPP Fellow at Johnson Space Center, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Kristen John “I spent 14 days locked up in a chamber with three other people, and it was an amazing experience!” said John. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.” John, who started as an NPP Fellow in July 2014, was selected to be the commander of a 14-day Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) mission to simulate a remote mission to study the asteroid Geographos at JSC, overseen by NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP). Find out more about John and her research on her research experience profile.