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Dr J. Michael Hall, former director of the NOAA Climate Program Office, founded the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 1990. The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs has managed the program since inception. The program has been highly successful. See Current Appointees & Alumni for information on every appointment made through this program.
The overarching purpose of the program is to help create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies. Anticipating the large amounts of data that was gathered from NOAA efforts, such as TOGA and TOGA COARE field programs, the research community required the attention of an enlarged workforce here and abroad. In a larger context, it was necessary to attract new PhD’s to the community in order to establish the seeds of scientific leadership needed in the field of climate and global change research.
The fellowship program has developed an outstanding reputation of attracting the best and the brightest PhDs in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate Program Office Appointed fellows are hosted with mentoring scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales.
The program supports a biennial Summer Institute in July and an annual alumni luncheon at the American Geophysics Meeting each December. These events contribute to the community-building goal of the program by facilitating interaction of those associated with the program on a regular and consistent basis.
The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs accepts applications for this program annually beginning in August/September. Additional information can be found on the How Postdocs Apply page. The recruitment period for this program lasts until January. Appointments are announced in late March.
The program has also celebrated a 10th anniversary, a 100th postdoctoral appointment anniversary, and a 20th anniversary, which brought together alumni, current appointees, current and past hosts and many scientists and administrators who have supported the program over the years.