Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships

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The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP) conducts the annual recruitment for the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (C&GC). The fellowship program has an outstanding reputation for attracting the best and the brightest PhDs in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. VSP manages this NOAA-sponsored program, in which each appointed fellow is hosted by a mentoring scientist at a U.S. university or research institution to work in an area of mutual interest.

The objective of the program is to help create the next generation of researchers needed for climate studies. It endeavors to attract recent PhDs in sciences that address studies of relevance to the NOAA Climate Program Office (link is external). Desired research areas focus on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales. This includes the documentation and analysis of past, current, or possible future climate variability and change as well as the study of the underlying physical, chemical, and biological processes.

Preference is given to new graduates who are seeking their first fellowship and who have held a PhD for no more than three years. Awardees must change institutions, in the absence of compelling circumstances, and identify a host who must be at a U.S. institution. A clearly articulated research proposal is particularly important. A steering committee, broadly representing the areas covered by this program, selects the fellows. The selection criteria used by the steering committee in making the awards may be found at Selection Criteria & Program Policies.

How Postdoctorates Apply

  • Applications for the 2017 NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowships are due 6 January. Appointments will be announced in March 2017. Postdoctoral applicants must apply online at the UCAR Career Opportunities Page. Advanced contact with a potential host is required.

How Hosting Institutions Apply

  • Interested host scientists are required to submit a brief letter of intent to host the fellow, a curriculum vita, 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 of the fellow as appropriate. Interested hosts may also enter their information into the Host Database (link is external) (not required) that is used by potential applicants to find suitable host mentors.

The program offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships, reviewed annually. Fellows receive a fixed annual salary. UCAR benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in a retirement fund (TIAA), and life insurance. Allowances are provided for relocation, scientific travel, some publication support, and some other support needs.


Appointed fellows are expected to attend and participate in a biennial Summer Institute to share results of their diverse research, develop a sense of community, and discuss the future directions of climate science. Fellows are also invited to attend a lunch gathering at the annual AGU meetings.

For further information please call 303-497-1605 or send an e-mail to: (link sends e-mail).

The NOAA Climate Program Office sponsors this program.