Intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, the UCAR Next Generation Fellowships offer three distinct tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy.

These 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 internships.

Earth System Science Track

Your summer internship 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. Activities in UCAR's community programs extend the science done at NCAR and support the broader Earth system science community with education and training, 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 summer internship will be based at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado, with UCAR’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This fellowship is for graduate students who intend to finish their Ph.D. in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences and are committed to championing increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field. We recognize that there are many ways to become a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and therefore welcome applicants who intend to pursue a scientific research career as well as applicants who intend to move into full-time diversity, equity, and inclusion work upon completion of their degree.

Public Policy Track

Your summer internship will be based at UCAR in Washington, D.C., with UCAR’s Washington D.C. Operations Office. 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
  • from underrepresented populations (see definition below)
  • 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

Each track has these additional requirements:

Earth System Science Track

  • 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 planning to actively pursue a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science
  • having U.S. or foreign citizenship

Diversity & Inclusion Track

  • planning to actively pursue a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science, and having a strong interest in becoming champions for diversity and inclusion in the geosciences
  • having U.S. or foreign citizenship

Public Policy Track

  • wanting to 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
  • having U.S. citizenship (required for this track only)

Required materials, deadline, 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.
    • 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 and transcripts should be sent to kellyp@ucar.edu.
  • Deadline is Monday, June 3, 2019.
  • Awards will be announced on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Support

These awards are for two nine-month school years, starting in the fall of 2019 and the fall of 2020. The internship is for 10 weeks during the summer of 2020 and 10 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. 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.