How Postdoctorates Apply to Climate and Global Change (C&GC) Fellowship Program

Deadline: January 4, 2019 

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

The UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) help 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.

Advance contact with a potential host is required. For additional information, see How Hosting Institutions Apply. Interested host scientists are required to submit a brief letter of intent to host the fellow, a curriculum vitae, a mentoring plan, 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 for 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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Application Process

There are two steps to the application process:

  1. Prepare your application according to the Application PDF Format Instructions listed below.
  2. Submit your application online according to the Online Application Instructions listed in the second section below.

Application PDF Format Instructions

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.

  • One letter must be from a thesis advisor, but not from a potential host mentor.
  • Reference letters from more than one institution are encouraged.
  • 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).

  • References are NOT included in this 5-page limit.
  • Proposals must describe an actual research project.
  • 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). 

  • Your Statement of Relevance should enhance and complement the research goals outlined at the NOAA Climate Program Office website, and
  • Address the broader impact of your research to the community at large.

7. Host Institution Materials

Host materials should be provided to applicant by 2 April and submitted as part of the application. (Please see How Hosting Institutions Apply for more information.)

  • Letter of Intent
    • In the case of specific laboratory needs, a letter should accompany the application from the specific institution willing to provide the resources.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Mentoring Plan
  • List of current and pending research support


Online Application Instructions

You must apply online at the UCAR Career Opportunities Page

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.”

Screen shot of UCAR Career Opportunities Page

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.

Screen shot UCAR Career Opportunities Page

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 Randy Schalhamer, or 303-497-8703.

Step 4.


Please have reference letters sent by email to UCAR CPAESS 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.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

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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CPAESS Contact Information



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