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NASA Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP)

The NASA Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP) is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within 2 years of degree or certificate completion, except for Veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to 6 years after degree or certificate completion. Successful applicants will be placed in a dynamic, 1-year career development program. Extension of an additional year may be granted. Agencies may non-competitively convert participants who successfully complete the program to term or permanent competitive service jobs. The NASA Pathways RGP provides the opportunity to those individuals who lack experience to participate in jobs in the Federal civil service at the beginning of their careers, and they are engaged at the onset of their work lives, before their career path is fully established.

Eligibility Requirements:
To meet eligibility requirements for the NASA Pathways RGP, individuals must have completed, within the previous 2 years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. A veteran, who, due to military service obligations was unable to apply within 2 years of receiving their degree, has as much as 6 years after degree completion to apply. In addition to meeting these basic eligibility requirements to apply for the NASA Pathways RGP, individuals must:

  • Meet the qualification standards of the position.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Meet any Agency-specific requirements identified in the job announcement (e.g., security).

Recent graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).  To be eligible for conversion, recent graduates must have:

  • Successfully completed at least 1 year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrated successful job performance.
  • Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

To Apply:
NASA Pathways RGP opportunities are posted on USAJOBS.  You may go directly to USAJOBS to begin your search.  Please review the following instructions to be sure your application meets NASA requirements:

If you are interested in working as a civil service employee, you should know that NASA’s Staffing and Recruitment System, NASA STARS, is now linked with the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS system to provide you with a seamless application process. As of October 1, 2005, NASA only accepts the USAJOBS resume as the basic electronic application document. (Your USAJOBS resume can also be used to apply for jobs at many other Federal agencies.) Once we receive your resume and supplemental information, NASA STARS uses Resumix software to assist in electronically rating and ranking your resume. Our process is easy to use, and yields timely results.

We encourage you to use our electronic process, but you may also submit your hard copy resume to our Resume Operations Center (ROC); the address is in our vacancy announcements. Applications submitted manually must contain the same information required in our electronic process, including your social security number and address. You must provide the required information in order to receive consideration for NASA vacancies. Mailed applications must be received in the ROC by the closing date of the announcement.

  • STEP 1: Find a NASA job here:
    • Job Search
    • Jobs Notification Service
      This feature is now located on the USAJOBS site. You will need to create an account on that site to activate the job notification service.
  • STEP 2: Create a resume on the USAJOBS Resume Builder.

Please note that although there are no length limitations on the USAJOBS resume, NASA limits its submission to approximately six typed pages, or roughly 32,000 characters. This limitation applies to both electronic and hard copy resumes. We will not accept resumes that exceed our length requirements.

You must submit a resume for positions filled under NASA STARS; other application forms, such as an OF-612 or an SF-171 will not be accepted. Although an electronically submitted resume is preferred, you may mail your resume to our Resume Operations Center. Applicants will no longer submit KSAs or verification information at the time of application; however, if selected, the applicant must provide any relevant verification information such as transcripts or veterans' preference validation.

For assistance in creating a resume that will maximize your opportunities for NASA jobs, view NASA's on-line Applicant Guide.

  • STEP 3: Find the announcement to which you wish to apply, and select the ‘Apply On-Line’ button.

After you submit your resume, you will be asked to respond to a short series of questions. You must complete all of the questions and submit your entire application package to receive consideration.