What We do

NCAR Education, Engagement & Early-Career Development (EdEC) engages with a variety of audiences on a multitude of platforms and hosts many programs to promote and educate the Earth system science community.

Select from the dropdown below to explore our offered programs by audience.

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.

ASP Distinguished 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. 

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.

Boulder Space Weather Summer School

Hosted by the High Altitude Observatory (HAO), the SWSS is a two-week program that gives students a comprehensive introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it.

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.

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.

CPAESS Discovery Seminars

Learn about the diverse science and research undertaken by Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) scientists.

CPAESS/NOAA OER Explorer

Students participate in an expedition aboard NOAA's Okeanos Explorer, the Nation’s only federal vessel dedicated to ocean exploration. The ship is equipped with advanced tools that support systematic exploration of unknown ocean regions. 

Early Career Faculty Innovators Program

Train and collaborate with NCAR scientists: Learn about NCAR's Early Career Faculty Innovators Program.

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.

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.

EOL's Technical Internship Program

The Earth Observing Laboratory's (EOL) Technical Internship Program (TIP) provides unique experiences to prepare science and engineering/technical support focused students from two-year colleges and vocational/technical institutions for successful careers. TIP is dedicated to enhancing the diversity of future science support communities and the workforce.

Explore the Sun-Earth Connection

NASA's Living With a Star Program (LWS) and UCAR Community Programs' Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) partner to host the Heliophysics Summer School for grad students and early postdocs, and also offer the Jack-Eddy Postdoc Fellowship for early career PhD's to perform cross-disciplinary research under experienced scientist mentors at U.S. Institutions. 

GEO REU Community

Find tips, tools, and support for managing a Research Experience for Undergraduate internships at your home institution.

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.

GVP Bridge Program

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

HAO Postdoctoral Fellowships

NCAR's High Altitude Observatory offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships to early career Ph.D. scientists interested in theoretical, experimental, and observational studies of the Sun and Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Heliophysics Summer School

This one-week training, which is part of NASA's Living With a Star program, focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmospheres, ionospheres, and magnetospheres throughout the solar system. 

HERS at NCAR

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.

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship

This two-year program matches early career PhDs with experienced scientists at U.S. research institutions with the goal of training the next generation of heliophysicists.

MetEd

MetEd, from COMET, is a free collection of hundreds of training resources intended for the geoscience community. Whether you're an experienced meteorologist honing existing skills or a student looking for new geoscience topics of interest, we have something for you.

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.

NCAR 360 Virtual Visits

Explore NCAR facilities through a 360° virtual platform, including augmented reality.

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.

NCAR Explorer Series Field Campaigns

Follow scientists, engineers, and students into the field to get an inside look at field campaigns.

NCAR Explorer Series Lectures

Engage with scientists and learn about the latest research advancements.

NCAR Explorer Series Science, Arts, and Culture

Celebrate the wonders of nature, and learn about the people of NCAR/UCAR/UCP and their career paths.

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.

NOAA Bill Lapenta Internship

The NOAA Bill Lapenta Internship Program matches students with NOAA mentors to study a breadth of work from modelling and programming, to new data analysis techniques, and the incorporation of social science to communicate science. 

NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Program

This CPAESS postdoctoral programs aims to create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales.

Project-Specific Employment

Specific projects at NCAR and UCAR may have openings for postdocs. Those opportunities are posted on our career portal as they become available.

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.

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.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation of historically underrepresented communities in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Student Employment

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

Traveling Climate Exhibit

Take a journey through climate change with a visit to the exhibit Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes.

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships

Intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, these fellowships provide support for two years of graduate school and the opportunity to spend two summers interning with NCAR and UCAR in either Earth system science, diversity and inclusion, or public policy.

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.

Unidata Summer Internships

Graduate and upper-level undergraduate interns interact with software developers, instructional designers, technical writers, and other mentors within the Unidata Summer Internship program.

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