Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise

How Hosting Institutions Apply

"Keeping pace with a changing climate"

The PACE Fellowship Program is building a pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision frameworks and decision tools. (Refer to the PACE Program Overview and U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Research Program for additional details and background information.)

As described in the program Prospectus, the postdoctoral applicants vie for fellowships to research and develop tools that will apply climate prediction information to climate-impacted decisions. In each fellowship, the work is conducted under the specification and direction of institutional partners: a Climate-Science institution (hereafter 1.CS partner) and a Decision-Making institution (hereafter 2.DM partner). This announcement of opportunity is for such collaborating institutions that wish to host PACE fellows.

Responsibilities of Co-Hosting partners:

Co-hosting partners are expected to mentor the fellow as well as provide office space at both locations, a computer workstation, and any other unique research costs associated with this fellowship. The Decision Making partner is expected to cover 50% of the cost of the postdoctoral researcher. (Important cost details are outlined below.) UCAR may have extra funds to help off set the high cost of publishing scientific results, but we request that co-hosts also help the postdoctoral fellows with some of these costs.

Interested hosts should send the following materials to the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs at vspapply@ucar.edu:

A joint statement of intent, which is coordinated between the proposing CS and the DM partners, is required. This statement of intent serves as an application on the part of the institutional partners to participate in PACE and to host a postdoctoral fellow. The statements of intent (i.e. applications), not to exceed 3 pages, will be vetted by an UCAR Oversight Committee. Acceptance of institutional partners to participate in PACE will be based on how well the statements of intent align with PACE goals. Strong preference is given to institutional partners focusing on real-time climate-impacted decisions.

The statements of intent will inform the postdoctoral candidate finalists about the research possibilities and working arrangements that exist for each project, and serve as an agreement on the terms and commitments of the participating institutions.

Hosting Applications for PACE are accepted throughout the year,

Statements of Intent should contain the following information:


Description of Partners

  • Describe each institution, briefly but adequately to inform the potential postdoc about the job they would be doing : what do you do, what are you about?
  • State the nature of current or planned institutional collaboration.
  • List institutional commitments of both partners (e.g., office space, administrative support, institutional affiliations, mentoring responsibilities, travel allowance to support postdoctoral activities, etc.).

Description of the Problems, Decisions and/or Issues

  • List or describe the themes and problems or decisions that will be addressed.
  • Describe why you want to participate in the program including a discussion of near and long-term interests in climate-related issues and problems.
  • Indicate the anticipated outcomes and benefits of the postdoctoral project.

Mentoring Roles and Responsibilities

  • List the contact individuals, including contact information. These should be the identified supervisors of the postdoc, but if they are not, list those also.
  • Provide a statement of agreement on mutual mentoring; including the projected schedule of how the postdoc will divide their time between institutions.

Other Issues

  • Confirm commitment of matching funds from DM partner. Contact Julie Cross (303) 497-8634, or e-mail jcross@ucar.edu with questions, re: financial details and mechanisms for transferring funds to UCAR VSP.
  • Describe the publication policy (note that free and open publication is strongly encouraged).

Applications may be submitted in electronic form, preferably *.pdf, via email attachments to vspapply@ucar.edu. If unable to send electronically, please mail to:

PACE Fellowship Program
c/o UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000

For further information, call (303) 497- 1605 or e-mail vspapply@ucar.edu.

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Cost Estimate for PACE Decision-Making Institutional Partner

PACE fellowships are for two years. The Decision-Making Institutional partner commits, in advance of the appointment process, to pay one-half of the annual cost of the appointment for the two-year fellowship. The current estimated cost is $59,159 annually (or $118,318 for two years). This number may vary somewhat each year.

The funding supports salary and a full benefits package, relocation allowance and work visa, if required. The funding also provides a scientific travel allowance and UCAR administrative overheads.

UCAR is able to accept funds from any agency or institution. It is the Decision Making Institution’s responsibility to make sure they are able to transfer funds to UCAR, which is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.

Funds may be sent to UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs via

  • A contract, grant, or purchase award; or
  • In some instances through the Cooperative Agreement that VSP has with NOAA. (A 2.5% administrative fee is charged by NOAA for transfers under this agreement.)

Please contact Julie Cross, VSP finance administrator at (303) 497-8634, or e-mail jcross@ucar.edu for assistance with funding transfers. 


The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of over 100 member universities and academic affiliates focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Through UCAR’s community programs, such as the Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP), UCAR provides innovative services in support of the community's education and research goals. 
1 Climate Research Institutions: The CR partner should be involved in the development, production and application of climate information. Examples of such institutions include, but are not limited to, universities tied to the RISAs, Regional Climate Centers, and federal research facilities.

2 Decision Making Institutions: The DM partner is involved in climate-related risk management and decision-making. Examples include national-, regional-, state-, or municipal-level agencies and organizations (public and non-profit) that manage or regulate natural resources or produce a public good. Note that the DM partner is expected to cover approximately 50% of the cost of the postdoctoral researcher.

Updated March 4, 2015

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