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Undergraduate + Graduate Students

NCAR undergraduate and graduate programs help connect the next generation of scientists with opportunities to advance their careers, their skills and their understanding of dynamic Earth system science research. These programs are made possible through the utilization of NCAR’s prestigious researchers, facilities and equipment.

All programs listed here are open to students accepted to, or currently attending, an institution of higher education in the United States. Participants must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of their appointment or the date otherwise indicated.

We accept students with strong backgrounds in atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. However, as part of our goal to make atmospheric research broad in national scope, we also provide our opportunities to students in related fields such as biology, geology, science education, economics, and geography.

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Graduate Visitor Program

The Graduate Visitor Program (GVP), part of the Advanced Study 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.

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Our Student Opportunities

Advanced Study Program

The Advanced Study Program provides an opportunity to conduct independent research at NCAR. ASP postdoctoral fellowsgraduate visitors, and GVP Bridge fellows are part of a collaborative cohort, are mentored by leading NCAR scientists and engineers, and benefit from the breadth of science and training taking place at NCAR.

Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

The ULW brings undergrads to NCAR to learn about potential career paths, build a network with their peers, and learn leadership and professional skills.


The Haskell-NCAR Environmental Assessment Training is a one-week summer program created through a partnership among Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is dedicated to engaging Native American students in Earth system science.

NCAR Earth System Science Internship

The NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) offers students interested in the Earth system sciences an opportunity to conduct research with NCAR scientists from across all labs on a wide range of topics.

GVP Bridge Program

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

Ocean and Coastal Sciences Careers

This NSF-funded project offered a series of virtual events intended to benefit and to engage students of color and those from minoritized communities in the ocean and coastal sciences.

CISL Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science

Our SIParCS program, run by the Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), offers students the opportunity to gain significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling.

EOL Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research

SUPER, based in our Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), provides unique experiences that help prepare engineering students for successful careers. Interns help develop new instrumentation and improve our existing suite of lower atmosphere observing facilities.

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Solar and Space Physics

This program gives highly motivated students interested in solar and space physics the opportunity to work with a number of Boulder institutions, including NCAR's High Altitude Observatory.

Newkirk Fellowship

This fellowships allows students to work with guidance from scientists and engineers at NCAR's High Altitude Observatory (HAO) on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects.

Najeeb E. Halaby Graduate Student Fellowship

This fellowship, offered by NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory (RAL), allows a student to spend three months in residence with RAL's Aviation Weather Research Program and is designed to help shape the next generation of researchers in this important field.

Graduate Visitor Program

The Graduate Student 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.

Ralph Cicerone Fellowship

This fellowship is intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities. These students will come for four months over two years to work with scientists in the Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling (ACOM) lab on a self-defined research project.

Student Employment

Check our active job postings for paid student positions and internships at both NCAR and UCAR.