Graduate Fellowships & Workshops

Atmospheric, Earth system, social science
Computer science & mathematics
Solar, solar-terrestrial & astrophysics
Year-round Boulder employment
Summer Workshops


Atmospheric, Earth system, environmental & social science

ASP Graduate Student Visitor Program
graduate opportunities - mentor and student examine data on computer screenNCAR Advanced Study Program

  • Work directly with NCAR scientists
  • Enhance your thesis research
  • Gain access to NCAR facilities

Opportunities for graduate students to collaborate with NCAR staff during three- to twelve-month visits in pursuit of their thesis research. Coordinated through NCAR’s Advanced Study Program, which can help identify appropriate NCAR collaborators.

Paula Fisher: 303-497-1328,

Computer science, engineering & applied mathematics
for the geosciences

blackboard filled with mathematical equationsHigh-performance computing

CISL Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIPARCS)
NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory

  • Conduct hands-on R&D in high-performance computing
  • Explore computational geoscience
  • Learn software development, scientific visualization
  • Work in applied mathematics, statistics

Offers graduate students significant hands-on R&D opportunities in high-performance computing with NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Undergraduates who will have completed their sophomore year may also apply.


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radar image, Lubbock, TX: UCAR Unidata internships

Software engineering for data science

Unidata Summer Internship
UCAR Community Programs/Unidata Program Center

  • Work with Unidata experts at the intersection of atmospheric and computational science
  • Help enhance products focused on scientific data, from access and distribution to scientific analysis and visualization
  • Gain professional experience in writing code and documentation
  • Participate in technical staff meetings and join the larger community of summer interns from across NCAR, UCAR, and the Community Programs

Summer internships for qualified juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Interns use, design, and/or modify existing Unidata software in innovative ways to better support the needs of Unidata's Earth science research and education community (nearly 2,500 institutions in 150 countries).


Sunrise telescope suspended from launch vehicle at dawnSolar physics, solar-terrestrial physics &
related astrophysics

HAO Graduate Fellowship Programs
NCAR High Altitude Observatory

  • Work with scientists at the forefront of Sun and Sun-Earth research
  • Boost early-stage exploration or thesis work
  • Gain access to a wide range of technical facilities

These highly competitive programs offer support for early-stage graduate students as well as the Newkirk Fellowship for students working on their Ph.D. theses. Conduct research with an HAO scientist on a mutually agreeable theoretical or experimental project involving Earth's upper atmosphere, solar and solar-terrestrial physics, or planetary, stellar, or other astrophysical systems related to those of the Sun.

Amy Knack: 303-497-2174,

young woman adjusts chemistry equipment in labYear-round employment for graduate students
in the Boulder area

Employment Opportunities - Working With Us
UCAR Human Resources

  • Find paid graduate assistantships in a variety of fields, including
    • atmospheric and Earth system science
    • engineering and technology
    • computing, and more
  • Work with dedicated professionals on leading-edge projects

A wide range of graduate research assistantships are listed throughout the year as positions become available.

Martha Jones: 303-497-8715,

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Summer Workshops for Graduate Students

Atmospheric & Earth system science

ASP Summer Colloquia
NCAR Advanced Study Program

  • Discover emerging topics that haven't yet reached the classroom
  • Interact with leading experts and fellow students in an intimate setting

Young scientists gather at NCAR for workshops on current topics in atmospheric and environmental science. Recent topics have included atmospheric chemistry, clouds and climate, solar and astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics, and hurricanes at landfall.

Paula Fisher: 303-497-1328,

The science of Sun-Earth connections

VSP Heliophysics Summer School
UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs & NASA

  • Explore the fundamental plasma physics behind many aspects of space weather
  • Participate in developing materials to support teaching of heliophysics at graduate and undergraduate levels

Graduate students, teachers of undergraduate-level physics, and scientists come together to learn about and help develop the science of heliophysics during the week-long summer school, which is sponsored by NASA's Living With a Star program. Heliophysics is viewed as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

Kendra Greb: 303-497-1605,

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