UCAR Steering Committee

John Chiang, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Dennis Hartmann, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington

Emily Fischer, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Kathleen Johnson, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Helene Seroussi, Department of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chris Still, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

Laure Zanna, Courant Institute, New York University

The steering committee meets annually to review applications and make recommendations to CPAESS for appointments.   Steering committee terms are generally three years.


Selection Criteria


  • Innovation, excellence, and relevance to the NOAA mission.
  • Applicant must move to a new institution, except in compelling circumstances. Please add a justification statement, if applicable, to the cover letter.
  • Applicant has held a PhD for no more than three years from the application deadline.
  • Applicants should apply only if they anticipate finishing their PhD by 1 December of the award year.
  • Awardees must start their fellowship by the second Monday in December of the award year.
  • Applications that are not complete will not be reviewed by the steering committee. For example, for an application to be complete, we must have all 4 letters, etc.


  • One or two page letter of interest from host indicating areas of focus and vitae is required.
  • Preference is that no more than one postdoctoral fellow is hosted within a department at the same time.
  • Host is responsible for mentoring fellow, but fellow is an independent researcher.
  • Hosting institution must be in the U.S.
  • Hosts are expected to provide office space, telephone, computer, IT services, and office support for the fellow.

Reference Letters

  • Four professional reference letters are required. One must be from thesis advisor.
  • A reference letter cannot be from the potential host.
  • Referees need to refer to the Letters of Reference guidlelines section before writing letter.

Committee Member Hosting Postdoc

  • Committee members cannot directly host postdocs.
  • Postdoc may go to a committee members institution, but may not work in a committee member's group.

Applicant from Committee Member's Institution

Members who are from the same administrative unit as applicant should not take part in:

  • Voting
  • Advocacy (which could lead to promoting a candidate unfairly over another)
  • Committee member should leave room for deliberations and vote
  • Questions of fact are okay



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