Scientific Programs: Internships & Postdoctoral Fellowships

CPAESS has strategic partnerships with independent science programs, early career programs, and visiting scientist programs. As education and training is needed at every stage of one’s scientific career, CPAESS manages opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students through senior scientists with these Scientific Programs.


Scientific Appointments

Another aspect of our Scientific Programs is facilitating educational opportunities for early-career scientists. Currently, we manage two post-doctoral fellowship programs for NOAA and NASA. They include:

NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

This has an outstanding reputation for attracting the best and the brightest PhDs in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate Program Office. This fellowship has been instrumental in developing today’s climate research experts and leaders. 

NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 

Named after a pioneer in heliophysics embracing its interdisciplinary nature, the Jack Eddy Fellowship trains the next generation of researchers needed for the emergent field of heliophysics embracing all scientific aspects of the Sun-Earth connection. 



NOAA’s Office of Ocean Observation’s Explorer-in-Training Program

This program is for both undergraduate and graduate students on the only federal vessel dedicated solely to exploring our ocean for the purpose of discovery and understanding the deep oceans. It includes both 2-4 week expedition-based opportunities, as well as a 10-week internship program.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Internship Program 

Soon be rolled out. NRL is the Department of the Navy’s corporate laboratory and is the principal in-house component of the Office of Naval Research’s effort to meet its science and technology responsibilities.


Collaborative Research

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Research Collaborations

Offers scientists at any career level an opportunity to conduct research within an NCEP center and be fully integrated within a national scale operational environment. Find out if this collaborative opportunity is for you.


Multi-Agency Supported Programs

As science develops there is a need for the support and hosting of unique, often interagency-sponsored programs that focus on specific national research efforts. CPAESS provides the support for such programs so that they can continue to develop and make outstanding contributions to science.  Currently we manage: 

U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program

The U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, in consultation with the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) coordinates and facilitates activities relevant to carbon cycle science, climate and global change (such as the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report) under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Its office is in Washington, D.C. 

U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Program (US CLIVAR)

US CLIVAR is a multi­agency-funded national research program investigating the variability and predictability of the global climate system on seasonal, interannual, decadal, and centennial timescales, with a particular emphasis on the role of the ocean and its interaction with other parts of the Earth system. Their office is in Washington, D.C.