How Postdoctorates Apply
A program designed to train the next generation of climate research leaders
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Visiting Scientist Programs, helps prepare the next generation of weather and climate leaders and workforce by managing fellowship, visitor and workshop programs that meet emerging needs of the atmospheric and related sciences communities.
The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs accepts applications for this program annually beginning in the August/September timeframe. The recruitment period for this program lasts until sometime in January. Appointments are announced in March. Please read the instructions below for how to apply.
This fellowship program is designed to provide an independent research opportunity to recently graduated PhDs who want to pursue interests that align with the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program (www.climate.noaa.gov). The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales.
Experienced scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions host the appointed fellows providing mentoring and a collaborative environment to carry out their research projects.
Appointed fellows and their hosting mentors and program alumni are invited to participate in a biennial Summer Institute to share results of their diverse research, develop a sense of community, and discuss the future directions of climate science. The program also provides other valuable opportunities during the year for current appointees and alumni to gather, discuss their research and network.
Applicants must have a PhD degree in an area related to climate change research and have completed defense of the degree before starting the fellowship. We encourage applications from women and minorities and U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Stipend and Benefits
The current salary is a fixed $57,500 in the first year and $60,000 for the second year. Salaries are adjusted annually in October based on surveys of like institutions. Benefits include health and life insurance and participation in UCAR’s retirement plan (TIAA/CREF). Travel expenses to the host institution will be reimbursed according to UCAR relocation guidelines for the postdoctoral fellow and his or her family. A moving allowance of $750 is also provided. Postdoctorates receive a $3,000 annual allowance for scientific travel (each year) during their appointment.
How to Apply
You will apply through UCAR’s central Career Opportunities page. The materials you will need are listed below. Before you begin the process of uploading your materials, we suggest that you prepare your documents into one .pdf document according to the order listed below.
Additional Notes: Advanced contact with a potential host mentor is strongly encouraged. An applicant may wish to suggest more than one host institution, since the committee takes an active role in distributing fellowships among institutions. In the case of specific laboratory needs, a letter should accompany the application from the specific institution willing to provide the resources.
When you begin the application process you will see the screen below. Select “Upload a resume/CV document”.
You will then be prompted to submit your résumé or CV as seen below. At this point Upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document.
How to Apply
Resources for Appointed Fellows