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National Center for Atmospheric Research

About NCAR

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is based in Boulder, Colorado and is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences.The National Science Foundation is NCAR’s primary sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector.

OUR work at ncar

NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. The scientists who work here research everything atmosphere related including the microphysics of cloud formation and the chemistry of air pollution to large-scale planetary waves and the impact of increased greenhouse gases on our climate. Since the atmosphere interacts with everything it touches, its crucial to investigate those interactions, too.


STAR Fellows are typically placed at the Boulder, Colorado research facility where they can take advantage of the affordable summer housing opportunities at the University of Colorado campus.

Research mentors may provide background research reading before your fellowship begins. Boulder is a very bicycle-friendly city and the lab makes bikes available to Fellows who are unable to bring their own. Additionally, NCAR Fellows will interact with STAR Fellows based at the NOAA ESRL facility, forming a Boulder workshop cohort.


NCAR/UCAR Foothills Office
3090 Center Green Dr.

Boulder, CO 80301