How Postdoctorates Apply to C&GC

Due to funding uncertainty,
the 2018 recruitment process is delayed.


Deadline: CLOSED

A program designed to train the next generation of climate research leaders

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), CPAESS, helps prepare the next generation of weather and climate leaders and workforce by managing fellowship, visitor and workshop programs that meet emerging needs of the atmospheric and related sciences communities.

This fellowship program is designed to provide an independent research opportunity to recently graduated PhDs who want to pursue interests that align with the NOAA Climate Program Office. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales.

Experienced scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions host the appointed fellows providing mentoring and a collaborative environment to carry out their research projects.

Advanced contact with a potential host is required. For additional information on how hosts apply, see How Hosting Institutions Apply. Interested host scientists are required to submit a brief letter of intent to host the fellow, a curriculum vita, and a list of current and pending research support. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow and provide office, computing, laboratory, and field research needs of the fellow as appropriate.


Applicants must have a PhD degree in an area related to climate change research and have completed defense of the degree before starting the fellowship. Preference is given to new graduates who are seeking their first fellowship and who have held a PhD for no more than three years. We encourage applications from women and minorities and U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

Please review Selection Criteria and Program Policies before applying.

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You must apply online at the UCAR Career Opportunities Page

Before you begin the OpenHire process please prepare your application in one (1) PDF document, in the order listed below.

1. Cover Letter

A cover letter stating the name of this program, potential host and institution, and where you learned of this opportunity. Please also add a justification statement, if applicable, to explain any breaks in career path.

2. Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum vitae including a list of publications.

3. Four Professional References

Names, address and email for four professional references.

Note: Applicants are responsible for contacting their references to have letters sent to CPAESS by the application deadline.

  1. One letter must be from thesis advisor, but not from a potential host mentor.
  2. Reference letters from more than one institution are encouraged.
  3. References should refer to the Letters of Reference section.
  4. Applications without four (4) letters are incomplete and may not be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

4. PhD dissertation abstract

PhD dissertation abstract, including title.

5. Titled project description.

Note: Description must be titled and not exceed five pages including figures and appendices (minimum 12 pt. type size).

  1. References are NOT included in this 5-page limit.
  2. Proposals must describe an actual research project.
  3. Applicant is encouraged to seek help from potential mentor(s) in writing the project description.

6. Statement of relevance

Statement of relevance to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program (one-page limit).

Note: Your Statement of Relevance should enhance and complement the research goals outlined at the NOAA Climate Program Office website.

Additional Notes

  • Advanced contact with a potential host mentor is required.
  • In the case of specific laboratory needs, a letter should accompany the application from the specific institution willing to provide the resources.

Step 1. 

To begin the application process, at the bottom of this page click “New Resume/CV.” The next page presents options for you to submit your materials. Select “Upload a resume/CV document.”

Step 1.

Step 2. 

You will then be prompted to submit your résumé or CV as seen below.  At this point, upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document.

 Step 2.
Step 3. 

Continue the application process as prompted. Step 4 of the online application process will ask you if you want to upload additional documentation. Ignore this step.

Questions on the OpenHire application process may be addressed to Tom Cordova, or 303-497-8850.

Step 4. 

Please have reference letters sent by email to UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs at

  • Applicants are responsible for contacting four referees to have letters sent to UCAR/CPAESS by the application deadline. One letter must be from thesis advisor, but not from a potential host, and letters from more than one institution are encouraged. Referees should be directed to the online Reference Requirements.

General questions regarding this fellowship program may be addressed to or 303-497-1605

U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in this program, but the selected postdoctoral fellows must be hosted at a research institution within the U.S. Appointed scientists are employees of UCAR. The two-year fellowships include a fixed annual salary and benefits: health & dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in TIAA retirement fund, and life insurance. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for travel to scientific conferences and other support costs.

CPAESS CAMP Proposal Website

To submit a proposal to the UCAR Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program (CAMP), please visit the CAMP website


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