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Each year UCAR selects three graduate students for fellowship tracks in Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy. 

These Next Generation Fellowships offer graduate students the opportunity to learn alongside leaders in their fields. Just as important, these programs bring an infusion of fresh ideas and new perspectives to our organization. Each two-year award provides financial support for graduate school and two summer visits.

Earth System Science Track

Your summer visit will be based in Boulder, Colorado, in any of the laboratories of the National Center for Atmospheric Research or in one of UCAR’s community programs. NCAR provides state-of-the-art research, observing, and computing facilities, including computer modeling and computational science, aircraft and instrumentation, data science and services, hardware and software engineering, and education and outreach. UCAR's Community Programs (UCP) extend the science done at NCAR and support the broader Earth system science community with education and training, satellite remote sensing, data assimilation, data and software services, and scientific program support.

This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to spend time working on a thesis, or final-project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR or UCAR scientists, engineers, or professional educators.

Diversity & Inclusion Track

Your fellowship will include two summers based at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado, with UCAR’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). This fellowship is for graduate students who are considering a move from atmospheric and related Earth system science research to a career in institutional change, with a specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. UCAR believes that an inclusive and diverse organization is a fundamental requirement for NCAR and UCAR to maintain our position as an innovative, world-leading science organization. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is focused on helping our organization reach its goals of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace through individual and systemic change. 

Public Policy Track

Your summer visit will be based in Washington, D.C. UCAR strongly believes that a diverse and inclusive public policy team enables us to better advocate for Earth system science. We provide nonpartisan information to Congress, the White House, federal agencies, partner organizations, and industry to demonstrate the importance and value of the research and training provided by NCAR, UCAR, and the Earth system science community.

These fellowships are intended for graduate students:

  • attending a North American university;
  • holding an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science or a related Earth system science, such as one of the other geosciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science; and
  • we strongly encourage applications from students from underrepresented populations.

Each track has additional requirements:

Earth System Science Track

  • an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science or a related Earth system science, such as one of the other geosciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science, and planning to actively pursue a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science
  • U.S. or foreign citizenship

Diversity & Inclusion Track

  • considering a move from atmospheric and related Earth system science research to a career in institutional change, with a specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • U.S. or foreign citizenship

Public Policy Track

  • a focus on public policy and government relations and pursuing a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science with a focus on public policy
  • U.S. citizenship (required for this track only)

Required materials, deadline, and schedule

  • To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the application and submit two letters of recommendation.
    • For a preview of the questions on the application form, see the application outline. Use the link below to access the actual submission form. 
    • If you are applying for more than one fellowship track, you must submit a separate application for each track.
    • Letters of recommendation should be sent to rdammann@ucar.edu
  • Application deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • Awards will be announced on Monday, August 3, 2020.

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.
  • After the first semester, and before each subsequent semester, 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.
  • Payments to awardees are made toward the start of the semester.

Support

These awards are for two nine-month school years, starting in the fall of 2020 and then the fall of 2021. The visit is for ten weeks during the summer of 2021 and ten weeks during the summer of 2022.

Fellows will receive $20,000 for the first year (split between fall and spring semester) and $20,000 for the second year (split between fall and spring semester), to be used for expenses related to attending school, e.g., costs of rent, medical, childcare, books, tuition. Housing and living expenses will be provided during the summer visit.