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

The 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

The Public Policy Fellow will be working one on one with the UCAR Government Relations team. Together we will provide the fellow with tools to effectively communicate science to policymakers, with a focus on taking their own research and developing a policy briefing for a Congressional audience. Depending on how Congress is operating, we will seek to place the Fellow in a Congressional office for their second summer of the fellowship. This may be either virtual, or in person, and will be determined by the Congressional office in advance of placement. As appropriate, we will also make every effort to bring the Fellow to NCAR for a period of time to be determined by the Government Relations team and the Fellow. The Fellows, teaming with our Government Relations office, will continue to develop  our platform of diversity and inclusivity upon which we can better advocate for the Earth science system through new research and policy change.

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)

Application materials, deadline, and schedule

  • To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the application and submit two letters of recommendation.
    • You must be enrolled at a graduate school for Fall, 2022 and must not graduate before Spring 2024.
    • 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. Letters may be submitted either by the student or the person writing the recommendation.
  • Application deadline is May 16, 2022.
  • Awards will be announced on August 5, 2022.

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. In general, this fellowship should not conflict with other awards, but please enter any questions or concerns in your application. 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 upon accepting the award.
  • Proof of enrollment before every semester during the fellowship.
  • 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 2022 and then the fall of 2023. 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 housing/rent, medical, childcare, books, tuition. 

UCAR will also provide travel and lodging expenses during your visits to Boulder or Washington D.C. Visits are typically ten weeks during the summers (2023 & 2024). The timing and length of the visit may be adjusted as determined by the fellow and track mentor. 

Past Fellows

2021 Fellows
2020 Fellows
2019 Fellows
2018 Fellows
2017 Fellows