NASA's new postdoctoral program policy allows stipends to fellows for time away from work

NASA has announced it has instituted a new postdoctoral program (NPP) for fellows at NASA Centers and institutions to continue receiving stipends during time away from work, the company said.

Previously, stipends stopped while the fellows were absent from their posts.

Under the old policy, the amount of time away from work needed to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The burden was on the Fellow, who was dependent on the good will of their NASA research advisor. This burden has finally been lifted with a 12-week guarantee.

NPP was established in 2005 when it transitioned from a program run by the National Research Council (NRC). Both NPP and its predecessor provide opportunities for scientists and engineers to work at NASA centers on NASA research, with a legacy that goes back for over 40 years.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA´s mission. Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA´s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management.