Graduate Fellowships & Workshops

Atmospheric & Earth system 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. Includes the Warner Internship for Scientific Enrichment (WISE), which focuses on service mindfulness through education and outreach, diversity and inclusion, and/or technology transfer activities.

Paula Fisher: 303-497-1328,

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Najeeb E. Halaby Graduate Student Fellowship
NCAR Research Applications Lab

  • Focus on bridging the meteorological and aviation operations communities
  • Collaborate with experts in NCAR's Aviation Weather Research Program
  • Develop capabilities for better weather hazard avoidance and mitigation of avoidable impacts

Conduct research broadly aimed at improving the integration of weather into decision support tools for enhanced mitigation of weather sensitivities (e.g., weather impact avoidance) and management of air traffic. Fellows spend three months in residence with the Aviation Weather Research Program within NCAR's Research Applications Lab.

Matthias Steiner: 303-497-2720,

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Next Generation Fellowships
UCAR Office of the President

  • A unique program offering three distinct tracks
  • Earth System Science fellows work on research in any of NCAR's labs or UCAR's community programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion fellows help champion increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Earth system sciences
  • Public Policy fellows advocate for the value of Earth system science in Washington, D.C.

The 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. 

Aneka Finley: 303-497-1288,

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 & Information Systems Lab

  • 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 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 and the UCAR 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 Newkirk Fellowship
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

This highly competitive program offers support for early stage graduate 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.

Caitlyn Quinn: 303-497-1308, fellowship

NCAR scientist with graduate studentYear-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 for students in the Boulder area are listed throughout the year as positions become available.

Randy Schalhamer: 303-497-8703,

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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

CPAESS Heliophysics Summer School
UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (formerly 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 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral 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 across space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun and across time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

Kendra Greb: 303-497-1605,

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