Graduate Visitor Program

NCAR's Advanced Study Program's Graduate Student (GVP) Fellowship is an excellent way to spend time at NCAR and work on parts of your thesis, or final project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR scientists and engineers. The GVP also is an opportunity to develop research collaborations at NCAR and to participate in professional development workshops and seminars.

The Advanced Study Program (ASP) accepts applications on a yearly basis.

The Advanced Study Program is no longer accepting applications for 2022. We will open the application submission process again in October of 2022 for visits in 2023.

If you would like to be notified when we begin accepting applications for 2023 visits, please add your email address here, Graduate Visitor Program email sign-up form.



Updated September 28, 2021

In light of the current global pandemic, ASP reserves the right to move these visits to virtual at any time. If visits are moved online, in lieu of a living allowance, participants will receive a monthly $500 honorarium for their participation.

Students in front of Boulder NOAA facility


  1. Before submitting an application, the student must identify an NCAR scientist or engineer who will serve as a host and has agreed to mentor the student on tasks related to the student’s thesis or final project.
  2. The GVP requires a student application (the student must complete this application) and a nomination from the NCAR host (the host completes this form and sends it to the ASP office directly). Applications without a host will not be considered. 

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

  1. This award is for advanced M.S. and Ph.D. students in good standing at their home institution in atmospheric and Earth system sciences, engineering, social sciences, and scientific computing.
  2. Students from U.S. and international universities are eligible to apply.
  3. The student’s work must be a programmatic fit to NCAR.
  4. The visit is needed as part of the thesis or final project work.
  5. ASP strives to have diverse representation of universities and student backgrounds in the graduate student 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, first generation college students, students with disabilities, and Veterans. ASP welcomes LGBTQA students.
  6. Preference will be given to students without previous long-term graduate student visits to NCAR.
  7. Alumni of NCAR undergraduate internships and the SOARS program are encouraged to apply.
  8. Nominations are limited to one student per NCAR staff member per year.

Length of the Award

Visits can be between two and twelve months. The length of the visit needs to be justified in the student’s application and must be appropriate for the purpose of the visit. Most awards are three to six months. Personal circumstances that require a stay less than two months should be discussed with ASP before submitting an application.

Visits for this round of applications MUST BEGIN before January 2023 and can start NO EARLIER than March 2022.

Financial Support

The award includes:

  1. One trip to/from Boulder and a Living Allowance of $2000/month to cover duplicate housing expenses. Students living within a 50-mile radius of Boulder are not eligible for travel support or per diem. Please note that the living allowance may be taxable.
  2. Travel expenses for the student's advisor for a one-week visit (typically Monday - Friday) during the time the student is at NCAR. A visit by an advisor is not required. The Advanced Study Program cannot pay for the travel of federal employees.

Not included are:

  1. Support for the student's salary or benefits.
  2. Health insurance: While not required for U.S. students, we recommend it.
  3. Trips back home during the student’s stay at NCAR [except for emergency situations]. Personal circumstances that require additional travel support should be discussed up front with ASP to see if an exception can be made.
  4. Workshops and conferences. While students are welcome to apply to and participate in workshops while at NCAR, ASP will not cover the registration costs.

Support for computing, engineering laboratories and calibration facilities

ASP does not manage any facilities, nor does it have sufficient supercomputing allocations. Support for the student’s project, such as laboratory facilities, computers and supercomputing allocations, should be arranged in advance of the visit with the hosting NCAR laboratory.

International Applicants:

Applications from international universities are considered, and receive the same funding as domestic students. However, the NCAR host laboratory or the student’s home institution are asked to provide co-sponsorship to help offset additional travel expenses. All foreign students are required to have health insurance for their stay in the U.S. ASP requires that the student visitor is adequately supported for the cost of living in Boulder through a salary from their home institution and/or the NCAR host laboratory.

Application Links:

This section of the GVP site will be updated with the links to the student and host applications when we begin accepting them in October 2022.