ECSA Visitor Fund Requests

Early Career Scientist Assembly FY2020 Visitor Funds Program

Funding is available for NCAR employees only!

This program is no longer accepting applications. 

Deadline for applications was Monday January 20, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the ECSA visitor funds please contact May Wong at

The ECSA is pleased to offer visitor funds to early-career scientists who would like to bring a visitor to NCAR for a collaborative visit. These visits have the goals of enhancing partnerships with other public and private institutions, and furthering the science done by early-career scientists at NCAR. To be eligible you must qualify as “early career” as defined by the NCAR ECSA (see below) and be a current NCAR employee.

To maximize the number of awards, we strongly encourage the applicants to look into the possibility of cost sharing with other funding sources. Awards are competitive. The length of the visit should be appropriate for the purpose, and awards will be limited to $5,000.  If funding is awarded, you will be required to write a one-page summary of the achievements as a result of the visit. The ECSA may also request the funded visitor to give a seminar during their visit.  Funded collaborative visits to NCAR should begin within the calendar year [before December 31, 2020].

Please answer each question with full consideration. The pertinence of the response will weigh heavily in the final decision of allocating any funds.

Who is “early career”?

The ECSA nominally defines early career as NCAR staff members who are in the ECSA and within 12 years of having earned their highest degree. However, consideration will also be given to those who are still in the early stages of their careers, but have seen interruptions due to family leaves, military service etc.

Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all UCAR policies and Lab procedures have been followed.  Examples include, but are not limited to: obtaining Lab approval for all visitors, obtaining proper travel authorizations and completing appropriate paperwork, and ensuring that the visit follows all UCAR policies and codes of conduct.  If you are unsure about any of your Lab's policies or UCAR travel and visitor policies, please ask your lab administrative staff for assistance.  

The Advanced Study Program staff will also be happy to assist you with UCAR policy and procedures questions (Contact: Teresa Foster,