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
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.
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.
Postdoctoral fellows can participate in regular professional development workshops and events throughout the year, which are led by NCAR scientists and staff, and faculty from our university community.
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.
The ASP Distinguished Postdoctoral Career Guidance and Lecture Series is one of the career development services EdEC provides to postdoctoral fellows at NCAR. Every year, three Distinguished Lecturers are selected by the postdocs and invited together to NCAR for a 2-day visit to spend time with them and other early-career scientists at NCAR.