Advanced Study Program

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Unlike other NCAR programs or divisions, the Advanced Study Program (ASP) does not have primary responsibility for any special area of NCAR science. Instead, the ASP mission, broadly defined, is to help NCAR (and the scientific communities it serves) prepare for the future. We work in support of other NCAR units, with these objectives:

  • Stimulating the intellect of the research community
  • Fostering the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Promoting advanced scientific educational opportunities at NCAR
  • Focusing attention on emerging areas of science
  • Facilitating interactions between NCAR, universities, and the broader community

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ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The postdoctoral fellowship program provides an opportunity for recent Ph.D. scientists to continue to pursue their research interests in atmospheric and related science. The program also invites postdoctorates from a variety of disciplines to apply their training to research in the atmospheric sciences.

Graduate Visitor Program

The ASP Graduate Visitor Program is designed to provide NCAR staff opportunities to bring graduate students to NCAR for 3 to 12-month collaborative visits with the endorsement of their thesis advisors and in pursuit of their thesis research.

GVP Bridge Program

The GVP Bridge will match your interests with NCAR scientists and engineers in a one-month internship at NCAR.

Career Development for Postdocs

The NCAR Fellows Association provides career and professional guidance, and develops a supportive community for postdocs, graduate students, and early-career staff. The Fellows Association hosts regular workshops and events throughout the year, which are led by NCAR scientists and staff, and faculty from our university community.

Early Career Scientist Assembly

The Early Career Scientist Assembly (ECSA) is a permanent standing committee of the NCAR Scientist Assembly (NSA) and managed by the ECSA steering committee. The ECSA represents the interests of early-career scientists within the NSA, and the ECSA steering committee voices concerns, solutions, and successes from early-career scientists to NCAR/UCAR management to guide institutional policies.

ASP Colloquia

ASP hosts an annual colloquium exploring subjects that represent new or rapidly developing areas of research. The colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students to NCAR for two weeks for classroom presentations, instruction and interaction.

NCAR Distinguished Postdoctoral Career Guidance and Lecture Series

The ASP Distinguished Lecture Series is one of the the career development services ASP provides to postdoctoral fellows at NCAR. Every year, a lecturer is selected by the postdocs and invited to NCAR for a 3-day visit to spend time with them and other early-career scientists at NCAR.