Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

CIRES Early-Career Assembly




Post-doc Co-Chair

Garima Malhotra

For graduate students and postdocs. The CIRES Early-Career Assembly (CECA, formerly CGA) was created in the fall of 2008 to provide a connection to the graduate students who come from the various academic units to do research in CIRES, in a supportive, unified environment. In 2013, the CECA expanded to include postdoctoral researchers at CIRES, in order provide a mechanism for ingratiation into the CIRES community, and to facilitate a mentoring environment. All graduate and postdoctoral researchers who are advised or hosted by a CIRES Fellow or researcher, or serve as a research assistant for one of the CIRES research units, are welcome into the CECA. The Assembly sponsors a range of activities from academic to social, focusing on building collaboration among junior researchers, fostering interdisciplinary discourse, and honing science communication skills. The CECA also supports the CIRES Graduate Student Travel Award, the Graduate Student Research Award Program, maintains a Career Opportunities Board, and hosts a series of events to support the development of ancillary career skills.

Are you a graduate student or postdoc with plans to present your work at a conference? Apply for a CIRES CGA Travel Award! You may receive reimbursements up to $750 for domestic travel and $1500 for international travel. Please refer to the information below for further details and the application link.

For CIRES graduate students who are advised by a CIRES Fellow or CIRES Center Faculty member, or working as a CIRES Graduate Research Assistant, or on fellowship through CIRES or the CU Boulder Graduate School.  

For CIRES postdocs with supervisors or science advisors that are either a CIRES Fellow or CIRES Center Faculty member, or on fellowship through CIRES.

Only currently enrolled CIRES graduate students in good academic standing or currently employed postdocs may apply. 

Only those who are presenting their research at a conference are eligible (posters included).

In light of COVID-19, we are accepting applications to cover costs associated with presenting at virtual events.

Application Criteria:
Students must seek financing from their advisors (or supervisors) first, and apply for the CGA award only if funding is not currently available through their advisors (or supervisors). Special consideration will be given to those who have not had ample opportunities to attend conferences due to lack of funding.

The travel award supports graduate students and postdocs presenting their work at meetings that have yet to occur by the announcement date of each application (please review the dates below). Applications for travel to complete field work or other research will not be funded.

Please be aware that receiving a CIRES CGA Travel Award may disqualify you from eligibility for other travel awards. Please carefully check the terms and conditions for any of the travel awards for which you are applying. You are responsible for determining your eligibility for other awards that you may receive. The good news is that receiving travel assistance from another organization will NOT disqualify you from competing for the CGA Travel Award.

To improve the chances of a successful application, please see this link: 2022-2023 CGA Travel Award Application Guidelines.

Application Location with Important Dates:
Fall 2023 Application Link (link live during the application period only)
Open - Friday, September 15th
Deadline - Friday, October 6th by 11:59 p.m.
Award Announcements - Wednesday, October 11th
*Expenses must occur between October 11th and February 28th

Spring 2024 Application Link (link live during the application period only)
Open - Friday, February 2nd
Deadline - Friday, February 23rd by 11:59 p.m.
Award Announcements - Wednesday, February 28th
*Expenses must occur between February 28th and October 9th

Post Award:
If selected, you will receive instructions for how to receive reimbursement by the CIRES post-award team. Successful applicants may be asked to provide proof of attendance (PDF poster, or other reference) within 10 days of completion of travel.

We look forward to assisting you with your travel arrangements!

CGA Co-Chairs

Last Updated: 03/02/2023

The CIRES Graduate and Post-doc Association (CGA) co-chairs act as a community resource for the graduate students and postdocs of CIRES. As a co-chair, you will work as a team with CGA Advisor, currently Christine Wiedinmyer, to develop and implement events for CIRES graduate students and postdocs.

These events are meant to assist CGA members in their professional development as scientists, science communicators, and leaders in science. CGA co-chairs assist in the administration of the annual CIRES Graduate Travel Award. The CGA chairs also act to communicate opportunities within CIRES to CGA members. In the past, events that the CGA has hosted have included, but are not limited to, the CIRES Perks, professional development lunches, CGA academic and non-academic career events, graduate student lunches with the CIRES Distinguished Lecture Series speakers, and AGU practice events. This position comes with a modest monthly stipend.

Position requirements:

·      Postdoc or grad student advised or hosted by a CIRES Fellow or researcher, or serving as a research assistant for one of the CIRES research units.


·      Planning of CGA professional development events - Lead for two of four events per semester in Fall and Spring

·      Update CGA website with events

·      Administrator for CGA mailing list and emails

·      Oversee CIRES Graduate Travel Award

·      Time commitment - Variable, but approx. 5 hours per month

If you have any questions about the role please feel free to reach out to either Sarah or Garima (the current chairs) using the contact links found on the left.

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