The UCAR Next Generation Fellowships are intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities.  

Successful candidates receive financial support for two years of graduate school and two summer internships with NCAR and UCAR. The program offers three distinct tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy.

Deadline, required materials and schedule for Fall 2019 applicants

To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the application, and submit two letters of recommendation along with your school transcripts.  Letters of recommendation and transcripts should be sent to

Deadline is Monday, June 3, 2019.

Awards will be announced on Thursday, August 1, 2019.


These awards are for two nine-month school years, starting in the fall of 2019 and the fall of 2020. The internship is for ten weeks during the summer of 2020 and ten weeks during the summer of 2021.

Fellows will receive $20,000 for the first year and $20,000 for the second year, to be used for expenses related to attending school, e.g., costs of rent, medical, childcare, books, tuition.


The summer internships for two of the fellowships — Earth System Science, and Diversity and Inclusion — will take place in Boulder, Colorado. Housing and living expenses will be provided during the summer internships.

The summer internship in Public Policy will take place in Washington, D.C. Housing and living expenses will be provided during the summer internships.

Guidelines and requirements for accepting the fellowship

We strongly encourage awardees to contact their university in advance to understand how accepting this award may affect other awards, scholarships, and grants. If there are any obstacles to accepting this award, please contact Aneka Finley at UCAR for assistance.

Acceptance requirements

  • Proof of enrollment in graduate school is required by UCAR upon accepting the award.
  • Payments to awardees are made at the start of the semester.
  • After the first payment and before subsequent payments are made, you must submit a letter from your graduate adviser indicating your progress in the graduate program and confirming that you are still enrolled in the program.
  • Any material published or produced as a result of this fellowship should indicate that you were the recipient of a UCAR Next Generation Fellowship.
  • This fellowship is a two-year program, so you may not accept the award while in your final year of graduate school.