Applicants are notified approximately two to three months after the Application deadline. Applicants will receive the results of the external peer review to document perceived strengths and weaknesses of the application.
An applicant who has been selected by NASA for an NPP award will be notified by USRA via e-mail. The Offer Letter, Terms of Appointment, and supporting materials about the Fellowship and Center, local and logistical information will be available for review at the Application Portal. The Offer Letter and Terms of Appointment state the conditions of the Fellowship award and provide information on appointment start and end dates; stipend; professional and programmatic travel support; relocation assistance, if applicable; conditions, obligations, and responsibilities of the appointment; appointment facility; health insurance; taxability of stipends and other payments. The awardee should log into their Applicant Portal account, review the provided Offer Letter and Terms of Appointment, and either accept or decline the offer.
The appointment start date is the first day the Fellow will be at the appointment facility to begin the research or management program. The completion date is the last day the Fellow will be at the appointment facility. The Fellow's anticipated start date at the facility is approved by the NPP Advisor and can be amended if necessary. The Fellow's completion date may be amended for early departure, if required, or for appointment renewals.
The Fellow's NPP Advisor and NPP Center Representative will verify the appointment start date by providing USRA a Certification of Start Date form on the first day the Fellow reports to the NASA facility to begin the appointment. USRA must have proof of the Ph.D. or doctorate research degree and all other required USRA forms or requested documents no later than the official start date of the appointment, as stated on the Certification of Start Date form, before any stipend payment can begin. USRA uses the verified start date on the Certification of Start Date form as the date to begin the Fellow's stipend, if all completed forms and documents have been received.
USRA must be notified by the awardee whether the offer is accepted or declined generally within three weeks of receipt of the offer package by the awardee. If an award is not accepted within three weeks of receipt, it will be regarded as declined and may be offered to another applicant.
At NASA's discretion, an applicant may be notified that their offer is pending, contingent on the results of an upcoming Program review cycle or for some other reason. Applicants should be aware that NASA has up to one year to make an offer of an NPP Fellowship.
The NASA Postdoctoral Program is extremely competitive and as a result only a small fraction of applicants ever receive offer of a Fellowship. Applicants are notified by e-mail from USRA if NASA declines to make an offer. The applicants are provided the review results so that perceived strengths and weaknesses of the application can be assessed. Applications can be re-submitted by the applicant for consideration in the next application cycle. An applicant may submit a revised version of their previously-submitted application at any time before the deadline.