Prospective Applicants

The ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is no longer accepting applications for this year.

The next application period will begin in November 2020 with a deadline in early January 2021.

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Research Opportunities and Service Requirements

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. 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; to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. The National Science Foundation is NCAR's main sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector. Through its Advanced Study Program (ASP), NCAR offers a continuing program of postdoctoral study in the atmospheric and related sciences.

The postdoctoral fellowships provide successful applicants with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Most fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their projects.

Besides research in core geosciences, NCAR has a strong interdisciplinary mission to bring other fields to bear on substantial problems in climate, weather and related disciplines. Thus there is also significant opportunity for projects in computational science, data science, social science, or engineering. An overview of NCAR science is featured in the NCAR Annual Scientific Report, which can be found at and in the NCAR Strategic Plan at

Fellows are expected to participate in ASP activities including seminars, lecture series, and research reviews and are expected to provide community service such as outreach, mentoring of undergraduate students or committee work during their term. Because of these expectations, fellows must relocate to Boulder, CO and work in residence full time at NCAR.


An applicant must have a Ph.D. or Sc. D. degree granted in an area related to NCAR science or must be able to complete such a degree and finish all thesis revisions and defense before starting the NCAR appointment. Primary criteria used in the selection of postdoctoral fellows are the applicant's scientific capability and potential, especially as indicated by originality and independence, and the match between the applicant's interests and the research opportunities available at NCAR. The ASP strives to have diverse representation of universities and student backgrounds in the postdoctoral fellows cohort each year; and encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, LGBTQ, first generation college students, veterans, and people with disabilities. There are no special restrictions for foreign applicants.

Stipend and Benefits

Successful applicants to the 2019-2020 cohort receive a stipend of $66,880 in the first year, and $68,540 in the second year, plus a minimum of $3500 for annual scientific travel support. All fellows are eligible for life and health insurance. Each postdoc that lives outside of the IRS 50 mile relocation rule, will be provided with a relocation package to help cover the cost of moving to Boulder, Colorado.

Deadlines, Number and Terms of Appointments

The application will open November 2020 and closs early January 2021. Offers will be made no later than April 2021. Fellowships typically start October 2021, but may start earlier if funds are available.  Fellowships must begin by 1/31/2022. ASP hires approximately ten new postdoc fellows a year. Appointments are for a maximum of two years. By applying to this position you may also be considered for other postdoctoral fellowship positions within NCAR.

How to Apply

Details will be posted here when the application process begins in November 2020.


Your application consists of these components:

1. Research Statement

Your statement of research should clearly articulate what you propose to research at NCAR and be not more than three pages (12 pt font, single spaced, including figures and references.) Your proposed research should enhance and complement the research already being conducted at NCAR. For more information about NCAR's research and Strategic Plan, please go to

2. Broader impacts statement

Please describe the broader impacts of your research. Broader impacts may be accomplished through your research itself, through the activities that are directly related to your research, or through activities that are complementary to your proposal. The National Science Foundation and NCAR value the advancement of scientific knowledge and activities that contribute to the achievement of societally relevant outcomes. Such outcomes include, but are not limited to: broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); improved STEM education; increased public scientific literacy; improved well-being of individuals in society; increased partnerships between academia and industry; and improved national security. For more information, see: (, (max. 500 words.)

3. Curriculum Vita

4. Transcripts

We only need your graduate transcripts, and they can be unofficial. If you attended an US institution and your transcript contains your social security number, please be sure to block out that number before scanning. If you attended graduate school at an institution that does not have transcripts, please provide a list of your graduate coursework and any grades/marks received.

Components 1-4 must be uploaded in PDF format as a single file. 

5. Select a preferred NCAR unit

In order to help us properly route your applications materials for review, you will be required to identify at least one research group at NCAR that is relevant to your research. You may select a second lab/division if your interests span multiple programs. Please provide some reasoning for your choice. To see an overview of the organization, along with links to specific programs, please click here.

6. Letters of Reference

As part of the application process, we ask for three letters of recommendation from your references. The ASP Application system will automatically send an email requesting a letter of reference to the email address that you enter into the system for a reference, the email is sent immediately after you click 'submit reference'. You will receive notice from the system when each of your references have successfully uploaded a letter on your behalf. It is important that you enter the contact information for your references as soon as possible so that they will have time to write and upload the letter before the deadline! (Deadline for reference letters is 17 January 2020) If your reference has not received the automated email please have them send the letter via email to

If you have any questions please contact the Advanced Study Program at