Below is a listing of graduate scholarship, fellowship, and post-doctoral opportunities in the atmospheric and related sciences. Note that some scholarships and fellowships are available only to entering M.S.-level students, whereas others are available to students at more advanced stages of their studies. If you would like to list a scholarship, fellowship, or post-doctoral opportunity (only those specific to meteorology and the atmospheric sciences, please) here, please contact us at the e-mail address at the bottom of this page. Please also feel free to share this page with your students and/or colleagues.
Opportunities at UWM
Dhirendra Sikdar Scholarship in Atmospheric Science
This scholarship provides support to UWM students working to complete M.S. or Ph.D. studies in the atmospheric sciences. Typically, one award is made per year, with the stipend amount variable between years. Applications are typically due in late January.
UWM Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships
This fellowship recognizes and supports the top M.S. and Ph.D. students enrolled at UWM. It is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship that provides a nine-month stipend of $15,500, which is typically augmented by a research or teaching assistantship. Applications are typically due in late December. Note: if you plan to apply to this fellowship, please notify Prof. Evans so he can ensure your proposal receives the necessary internal review upon submission.
UWM Distinguished Dissertation Fellowships
This fellowship, as well as the closely related R1 version of this fellowship, recognizes and supports the top dissertator-level Ph.D. students enrolled at UWM. It is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship that provides a nine-month stipend of $17,000, which is typically augmented by a research or teaching assistantship. Applications are typically due in late December. Note: if you plan to apply to this fellowship, please notify Prof. Evans so he can ensure your proposal receives the necessary internal review upon submission.
UWM Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship
This fellowship provides support for new and continuing graduate students at UWM who are a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate study; are a first-generation college student who is considered to have a high financial need; or are a student with a qualifying disability. A stipend of $16,000/yr ($18,000/yr at the doctoral level) is offered and the scholarship is renewable for up to three years. Applications are typically due in late December. Note: if you plan to apply to this fellowship, please notify Prof. Evans so he can ensure your proposal receives the necessary internal review upon submission.
Opportunities Beyond UWM
AMS Graduate Fellowships are offered to students who will enter their first year of atmospheric science M.S. studies in the fall. They provide a $25,000 stipend and partial travel support to the AMS Annual Meeting. Approximately ten to fifteen awards are made per year and applications are typically due in January.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines who are pursuing research-based M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Awards include a $37,000/yr stipend for three years as well as a tuition and fee waiver. The number of awards varies per year and applications are typically due by late October.
UCAR Next Generation Fellowships
UCAR Next Generation Fellowships are awarded to graduate students (prospective or continuing) from underrepresented communities who are interested in Earth System Science, Diversity and Inclusion, or Public Policy. Awards are for $20,000/yr for up to two years. Applications are due each winter/spring.
NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)
The FINESST Program provides support to students conducting research to meet NASA’s scientific goals in the Earth and Space Sciences. Approximately fifty awards are made to students in Earth Science disciplines per year, with each including $24,000-$30,000/yr stipends for three years. Applications are typically due in early February.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
This fellowship program is designed to increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. Approximately 200 three-year fellowships are awarded annually across fifteen disciplines of interest to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Applications are typically due each fall.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Approximately 1,500 awards are made annually across all disciplines. Applications are typically due in October.
UCAR Advanced Study Program Fellowships
ASP’s postdoctoral program provides an opportunity for recent-Ph.D. scientists to continue to pursue their research interests in the atmospheric and related sciences. It is one of the most prestigious post-doctoral fellowships in the field. Approximately ten awards are made per year, with each being a two-year award worth $60,000-$62,000 per year. Applications are typically due in January.
NOAA Climate and Global Change (C&GC) Post-doctoral Fellowships
The overarching purpose of this program is to help create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies, particularly in scientific areas relevant to NOAA’s Climate Program Office. Approximately ten awards are made per year, with each being a two-year award worth $57,500-$60,000 per year. Applications are typically due in January.
Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Post-doctoral Fellowships
The goal of this postdoctoral program is to grow the pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision framework(s) and decision tools. Approximately two to three awards are made per year, with each being a two-year award worth $57,500-$60,000 per year. Applications are typically due in January.
NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Post-doctoral Research Fellowships
These fellowships are awarded to highly qualified investigators within three years of obtaining their PhD to carry out an independent research program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. Approximately ten awards are made per year. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year. A stipend plus allowance (to cover tuition, fees, and other costs) of $100,000-$102,000 per year are awarded with each successful fellowship.
National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Programs
Through a national competition, the NRC recommends and makes Research Associateship awards to outstanding scientists and engineers, at the postdoctoral and senior levels, for tenure as guest researchers at participating federal laboratories. Applications are developed in conjunction with a host at the proposed institution of study and are due on February, May, August, and November 1 of each year. Stipend amounts vary per sponsoring institution.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Opportunities
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education maintains a listing of post-doctoral opportunities across federally funded departments and laboratories, some of which include the atmospheric and related sciences. Please see each opportunity for funding and application details.
NOAA/GFDL and Princeton University Post-doctoral Program
The program is intended to support research in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences and offers a stimulating environment in which to conduct independent research and/or to collaborate with resident scientists on problems of theoretical or practical interest. Applications are due in December, and awardees receive a competitive stipend commensurate with their qualifications.
Other Post-doctoral Opportunities
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There also exist other post-doctoral opportunities than the ones listed above, oftentimes sponsored by an individual university faculty member or research scientist as tied to a research grant that they have received. Post-doctoral opportunities at UCAR, NASA, and NOAA that are not covered by the above programs fall under this description. Upcoming Ph.D. graduates are encouraged to scour job boards, mailing list, and colleagues within the field for further information about these opportunities.