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ORAU kicks off new $129.7 million contract to manage NASA Postdoctoral Program with new website for fellowships

Program offers unique and inspiring environment for fellows to conduct research with leading NASA scientists across the U.S. with first application deadline on March 1

ORAU kicks off new $129.7 million contract to manage NASA Postdoctoral Program with new website for fellowships

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—ORAU assumed management of a $129.7 million contract for the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) on Jan. 30 with a new website for available fellowships. Both early-career and senior scientists are invited to explore these fellowship opportunities and share in NASA's mission to develop advancements in science, technology, aeronautics and space exploration. The first round of upcoming application deadlines for these fellowships is March 1.

“ORAU is thrilled to officially take over the management of this prestigious NASA contract that includes diverse scientific and technological fellowships offered at NASA and one-of-a-kind educational experiences that prepare future leaders for NASA and the academic community,” said ORAU NPP Program Director J. Scott Miller, Ph.D. “In our management efforts, ORAU will support NASA's goal to build an inclusive, collaborative, open, and innovative work environment that enhances work-life balance and encourages career development for postdoctoral fellows.” 

The NPP offers unique research opportunities to highly-talented U.S. and non-U.S. scientists to engage in ongoing NASA research projects with top scientists at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters or at a NASA-affiliated research institute. These one- to three-year fellowships are competitive and are designed to advance NASA’s missions in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems and astrobiology. 

Deadlines and Eligibility

Annual NPP application deadlines are March 1, July 1, and Nov. 1. Scientists within five years of having received their degrees are eligible to apply as a postdoctoral fellow; scientists who have received their doctorates more than five years previously may apply as a senior fellow. After the first year as a postdoctoral fellow, scientists interested in management may apply to the postdoctoral management program at NASA Headquarters.


Stipend rates for these NASA postdoctoral fellows currently start at $63,000 per year. Supplements are provided for high cost-of-living areas and certain academic specialties. The stipend amount for a senior postdoctoral fellow is based on the location of the appointment, experience (number of years beyond the doctoral degree) and career achievement, including academic rank and professional title. Available benefits include health insurance supplements, professional development resources, a research allowance up to $10,000 per year and relocation reimbursement.

Learn More and Apply

Learn more about the NPP, including how to apply, eligibility and requirements, additional benefits and what to expect during the application process at For additional information, email

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From the Further.Together Podcast: Meet Scott Miller, ORAU Program Director for the NASA NPP Program

From the Further.Together Podcast: Meet Scott Miller, ORAU Program Director for the NASA NPP Program

ORAU assumed management of the $129.7 million NASA Postdoctoral Program at the end of January 2022. In this episode of Further Together, host Michael Holtz talks with Scott Miller, ORAU Program Director for the program. What is the NPP program, why is it important to the NASA enterprise, and how can early and senior career scientists be part of this important research program? Tune in for details, and check out the NASA Postdoc Program website here:

Listen to the Episode Transcript for the Episode 

About ORAU

ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, provides science, health and workforce solutions that address national priorities and serve the public interest. Through our specialized teams of experts and access to a consortium of more than 150 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to provide innovative scientific and technical solutions and help advance their missions. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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