This month’s PAWS event focused on the NPP and how to navigate it. The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) is a prestigious fellowship where participants get the opportunity to do research at a NASA center and be mentored by NASA scientists. How do you apply for this program? What does the application process look like? Who is eligible to apply? How are NPPs selected? Is the NPP right for YOU?

Our panelists were Dr. Scott Miller, the Director for Research Programs at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), which administers the NPP; Dr. Ravi Kopparapu, a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and an NPP adviser; and Dr. Greg Mosby, a Research Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Observational Cosmology Lab, a former NPP who now serves as a project scientist on the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Mission. This panel was moderated by Dr. Jessica Noviello, NExSS NPMP, and who also shared her thoughts and experiences as a current NPP.

We discussed:

  • Deadlines and details of the NPP application process
  • Tips for finding the right research project and mentor
  • How to write a successful application about your research goals
  • The review and selection process for NPPs
  • The management variety of the NPP
  • Whether international students and researchers are able to apply (yes, you are!)

Here are helpful links from ORAU about the NPP program, including an FAQ for applicants and current fellows. Be sure to check out everything on the NPP page for all the info you need to apply!

The recording of the the PAWS Panel on How to be an NPP