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 research scientists 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 45 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 for senior scientists on leave or sabbatical. The 2017 competition is now open and applications will be due 11:59 PM (MST) January 9, 2017. 


Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships are available for a term of two-years. An annual salary of $62,000 and a $4,000 research budget is included in the award, along with a modest relocation stipend.

Eligibility

  • The applicant should be no more than 4 years out from completion of PhD at the time of application.
  • Past or current University of Colorado graduate students or post docs are not eligible.
  • Current or former CIRES Visiting Fellows are not eligible to apply.
  • Priority will be given to candidates affiliated with institutions outside the greater Boulder scientific community.
  • Fellowships cannot be deferred and must begin within 9 months of acceptance of the offer.

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)
  • Description of prior collaborations and affiliations with CIRES, NOAA, and the University of Colorado (e.g. employment at CU, co-authored proposals, co-authored manuscripts, formal mentoring, etc.) (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 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact CIRES Fellows and/or CIRES Research Scientist to design a research plan before application to develop a research proposal.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by 11:59PM (MST), January 9, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Application Review and Selection

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

  • 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. 
  • Quality of a candidate's previous research, potential for future achievement, and potential contribution to environmental science.
  • Benefit of the research to the CIRES enterprise.
  • Degree to which all parties will benefit from the collaborative research and exchange of new ideas.

Visiting 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 graduate students, post docs, 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.
  • Fellowships cannot be deferred and must begin within 9 months of acceptance of the offer.
  • 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)
  • Description of prior collaborations and affiliations with CIRES and the University of Colorado (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) 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact CIRES Fellows to design a research plan before application to develop a research proposal.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59PM (MST), January 9, 2017. For more detailed instructions, and to submit an application, click here. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Review and Selection

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

  • Significance and relevance of the proposed research to the interdisciplinary mission of the Visiting Fellowship program, CIRES and NOAA.
  • Quality of a candidate's previous research, potential for future achievement, and potential contribution to environmental science.
  • Benefit of the research to the CIRES enterprise.
  • Degree to which all parties will benefit from the collaborative research and exchange of new ideas.

Contacts


Kristen Averyt, Associate Director for Science
303-492-1227
kristen.averyt@colorado.edu
Human Resources
Karen Dempsey
303-492-1168
karen.dempsey@colorado.edu

Applications are now being accepted. Sabbatical | Post Doc