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UCAR Next Generation Fellowships

UCAR fellowships: Students at scientific poster session
Students at the NCAR|UCAR end-of-summer poster session — a great opportunity to clarify research progress and hone presentation skills. (@UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

The UCAR Next Generation Fellowships are intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities. Sucessful candidates receive financial support for two years of graduate school and the opportunity to spend two summers in internships with NCAR and UCAR. The program offers three distinctive tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity and Inclusion in the Earth System Sciences, and Public Policy.

 

 

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Fellowships

Earth System Science

This two-year award provides financial support for graduate school and two summer internships. The internship is based at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado, in any of the scientific, engineering, applied mathematics, or computational labs of the National Center for Atmospheric Research or with one of UCAR’s community programs, whose activities range from providing data and software services to education, professional training, and public outreach.

NCAR's mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related Earth and geospace systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally; and to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. NCAR also has a strong interdisciplinary mission to bring other fields to bear on substantial problems in weather, water, climate, space weather, and related disciplines. Thus there is a significant opportunity for projects in computational science, data science, applied mathematics, social science, or engineering. This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to spend time working on a thesis, or final-project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR scientists and engineers.

The UCAR Next Generation Fellowship in Earth System Science is intended for graduate students:

  • attending a North American university
  • having U.S. or foreign citizenship
  • from underrepresented populations (see definition)
  • holding an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science or a related Earth system science, such as one of the other geosciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science, and planning to actively pursue a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science

Diversity and Inclusion

This two-year award provides financial support for graduate school and two summer internships. The internship is based at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado, with UCAR’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. UCAR strongly believes that increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences is critical for maintaining a strong and vibrant workforce and doing our best science. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion focuses on programs that increase the representation of diverse individuals in the sciences, programs that improve the workplace culture to be welcoming and inclusive for all, and programs that integrate diverse knowledge and ways of thinking into our science and education programs. This fellowship is for graduate students who intend to finish their Ph.D. in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences and are committed to championing increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field. We recognize that there are many ways to become diversity and inclusion champions, and therefore welcome applicants who intend to pursue a scientific research career and also applicants who intend to move into full-time diversity and inclusion work upon completion of their Ph.D.

The UCAR Next Generation Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion is intended for graduate students:

  • attending a North American university
  • having U.S. or foreign citizenship
  • from underrepresented populations (see definition)
  • holding an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science or a related Earth system science, such as one of the other geosciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science
  • planning to actively pursue a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science, and having a strong interest in becoming champions for diversity and inclusion in the geosciences

Public Policy

This two-year award provides financial support for graduate school and two summer internships. The internship is based at UCAR in Washington, D.C., with UCAR’s Washington Operations Office. UCAR strongly believes that a diverse and inclusive public policy team enables us to better advocate for the sciences — in terms of both federal research funding and policy related to the performance of research. We provide nonpartisan information to Congress, the White House, federal agencies, partner organizations, and industry to demonstrate the importance and value of the research and training provided by UCAR, NCAR, and the Earth system science community.

Applicants should indicate whether they intend to pursue a science research career or a career in public policy and indicate why they are choosing one or the other. (If you’re not sure, that’s OK too, just explain your current thinking.)

The UCAR Next Generation Fellowship in Public Policy is intended for graduate students:

  • attending a North American university
  • holding U.S. citizenship (required)
  • from underrepresented populations (see definition)
  • holding an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science or a related Earth system science, such as one of the other geosciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science
  • wanting to focus on public policy and government relations and planning to pursue a graduate degree in atmospheric or related Earth system science with a focus on public policy



Deadline and Schedule

Fall 2018 applicants

Submission deadine not yet announced

Fall 2017 cohort

Awards announced: October 1, 2017 (News release in preparation)

Awards begin: Fall semester 2017

Summer internships begin: June 2018


Stipend, Locations, and Guidelines

Stipend

These awards are for two nine-month school years, starting in the fall of 2017 and the fall of 2018. The internship is for two months during the summer of 2018 and two months during the summer of 2019.

Fellows will receive $20,000 for the first year and $20,000 for the second year, to be used for expenses related to attending school, e.g., costs of rent, medical, childcare, books, tuition.

Locations

The summer internships for two of the fellowships — Earth System Science and Diversity and Inclusion — will take place in Boulder, Colorado. Awardees of these fellowships will receive funds to cover living expenses while in Boulder plus travel support.

The summer internship in Public Policy will take place in Washington, D.C. The awardee of this fellowship will receive funds to cover living expenses in Washington, D.C., plus travel support.


Guidelines and Requirements for Accepting the Fellowship

We strongly encourage awardees to contact their university in advance to understand how accepting this award may affect other awards, scholarships, and grants. If there are any obstacles to accepting this award, please contact UCAR for assistance.

Acceptance requirements

  • Proof of enrollment in graduate school is required by UCAR upon accepting the award.
  • Payments to awardees can be made at the start of the semester or at the start of each quarter.
  • After the first payment and before subsequent payments are made, you must submit a letter from your graduate adviser indicating your progress in the graduate program and confirming that you are still enrolled in the program.
  • Any material published or produced as a result of this fellowship should indicate that you were the recipient of a UCAR Next Generation Fellowship.
  • This fellowship is a two-year program, so you may not accept the award while in your final year of graduate school.


How to apply

Applicants must complete this form, answer the essay questions on the form, and attach two letters of recommendation and school transcripts.

Click here for an outline of the required application materials and essay questions. Do not submit the PDF. Only applications submitted via the form will be considered.

 

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