Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Visiting Fellows Program

Visiting Fellows Program

CIRES sponsors a prestigious Visiting Fellows program, inviting scientists to join the thriving community of researchers in Boulder, Colorado. CIRES Visiting Fellowships are intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research across the institute through engagement with CIRES researchers on campus and in Boulder’s NOAA Laboratories. Sponsored by CIRES Fellows, Visiting Fellows work with CIRES researchers on a wide range of environmental science topics. The CIRES Visiting Fellows Program has attracted more than 325 scientists from around the world over the past 50 years; many have gone on to lasting careers in CIRES and NOAA. Two-year Visiting Fellowships are available for postdoctoral researchers ($62,000 per year), and terms of up to 12 months (living expenses) for senior scientists on leave or sabbatical.

Applicants should contact possible CIRES Fellow collaborators well in advance of submitting an application. Successful proposals are typically designed in collaboration with your potential host at CIRES. Without the support of a current CIRES Fellow, your application is unlikely to succeed. 

The 2018 competition will open October 23, 2017 and the application deadline is January 9, 2018.


Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships are available two-year terms. An annual salary of $62,000 and a research budget of up to  $4,000 is included in the award, along with a modest relocation stipend for the individual (no family costs can be covered).

Eligibility

  • The applicant should be no more than 4 years out from completion of PhD at the time of application (exceptions may be made for time off due to dependent care).
  • Priority will be given to candidates affiliated with institutions outside the greater Boulder scientific community.
  • Past or current CU Boulder graduate students and postdocs are not eligible.
  • Current or former CIRES Visiting Fellows are not eligible.

Application Requirements

Candidates are required to submit the following materials:

  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • Cover letter which includes the expected start date, the name(s) of the sponsoring CIRES Fellow(s) and other CIRES, NOAA, and University of Colorado researchers with whom the applicant intends to work, and a description of the nature of the collaboration with each scientist (1-2 pages)
  • Research proposal (3 pages max including figures and references). Proposals should outline the motivation for the work, its novelty and potential contribution to the field, the research question, the methods to be pursued, and the expected outcomes. Proposals should also include the scientific rationale for doing the work in CIRES, such as linkages with the research of the CIRES Fellow supporting your proposal.
  • Description of prior collaborations and affiliations with CIRES, NOAA, and the University of Colorado, if any. (500 words)
  • Statement describing (1) how the proposed research is interdisciplinary, (2) how the proposed research will stimulate new or bolster existing interdisciplinary research at CIRES, and (3) how you expect to contribute to the CIRES mission during your time in residence. (max. 1000 words) 
  • 3 letters of recommendation 
  • Identification of CIRES Fellow collaborator.

Applicants should contact possible CIRES Fellow collaborators well in advance of submitting an application. Successful proposals are typically designed in collaboration with your potential host at CIRES. Without the support of a current CIRES Fellow, your application is unlikely to succeed. 

Please start your application early so that your reference letter writers can be notified with ample time. The application submission website will allow you to save and return to finish your application.

Application materials must be submitted by 11:59PM (MST), January 9, 2018; letters of recommendation will be accepted through January 15, 2018. 

 

Application Review and Selection

Applications are evaluated by a committee of CIRES Fellows, based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit: Quality of a candidate's previous research, potential for future achievement, and potential contribution to environmental science (this may include record of publication, awards, fellowships, etc.). 
  • Significance and relevance of the proposed research to the mission of the Visiting Fellowship program, CIRES and NOAA.
  • Interdisciplinarity and novelty of the proposed research. 
  • Potential for the development of novel partnerships that could benefit scientific understanding, CIRES, or NOAA.
  • Support of a CIRES Fellow.

More

  • Tangible materials, such as computers, purchased under the grant must remain at CIRES after the end of the award.
  • Fellowships must begin within 9 months of acceptance of the offer; no deferrals.
  • Visiting Fellows must present their work in person at the CIRES Rendezvous science symposium in May, or must arrange a seminar for the broader CIRES audience prior to completing the fellowship.

Sabbatical Fellowships for senior scientists are available for between 3 and 12 months. Modest requests for compensation, relocation support, and a $4000 research budget may be included in the award.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must have appointment at an academic or research institution.
  • Individuals who have been University of Colorado Boulder graduate students, postdocs, researchers, or faculty within 10 years of the application due date are not eligible.
  • Priority will be given to candidates affiliated with institutions outside the greater Boulder scientific community.
  • Applicants must be in residence at CIRES (or be conducting related field research) for a minimum of 3 months. Vacation time and conference attendance do not count toward the 3 month minimum. 

Application Requirements

Candidates are required to submit the following materials:

  • CV (NSF format)
  • Cover Letter which includes the expected start and end dates, the name(s) of the sponsoring CIRES Fellow(s) and other CIRES, NOAA and University of Colorado researchers with whom the applicant intends to work, and a description of the nature of the collaboration with each scientist (1-2 pages)
  • Research proposal (3 pages max including figures and references). Proposals should outline the motivation for the work, its novelty and potential contribution to the field, the research question, the methods to be pursued, and the expected outcomes. Proposals should also include the scientific rationale for doing the work in CIRES, such as linkages with the research of the CIRES Fellow supporting your proposal.
  • Description of prior collaborations and affiliations with CIRES and the University of Colorado, if any. (500 words)
  • Statement describing (1) how the proposed research is interdisciplinary, (2) how the proposed research will stimulate new or bolster existing interdisciplinary research at CIRES, and (3) how you expect to contribute to the CIRES mission during your time in residence. (max. 1000 words)
  • Identification of CIRES Fellow collaborator.

Applicants should contact possible CIRES Fellow collaborators well in advance of submitting an application. Successful proposals are typically designed in collaboration with your potential host at CIRES. Without the support of a current CIRES Fellow, your application is unlikely to succeed. 

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59PM (MST), January 9, 2018.

 

Application Review and Selection

Applications are evaluated by a committee of CIRES Fellows, based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit: Quality of a candidate's previous research, potential for future achievement, and potential contribution to environmental science.
  • Significance and relevance of the proposed research to the mission of the Visiting Fellowship program, CIRES and NOAA.
  • Interdisciplinarity and novelty of the proposed research. 
  • Potential for the development of novel partnerships that could benefit scientific understanding, CIRES, or NOAA.
  • Support of a CIRES Fellow.

More 

  • Tangible materials, such as computers, purchased under the grant must remain at CIRES after the end of the award.
  • Fellowships must begin within 9 months of acceptance of the offer; no deferrals.
  • Visiting Fellows must present their work in person at the CIRES Rendezvous science symposium in May, or must arrange a seminar for the broader CIRES audience prior to completing the fellowship.

Contacts


Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science
303-497-3584
christine.wiedinmyer@colorado.edu
Human Resources
Karen Dempsey
303-492-1168
karen.dempsey@colorado.edu

Visiting Fellow Applications Are Open!