NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

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Application Deadline- April 6th 2018

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


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 threeyears. We encourage applications from women and minorities and U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

How to Apply:

You must apply online at the UCAR Career Opportunities Page

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 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.

  • 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

General questions regarding this fellowship program may be addressed to cpaess-apply@ucar.edu 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

Visit the Official Webpage of the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships

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