National Center for Atmospheric Research

About NCAR

The National Center for Atmospheric Research 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.


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.


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.



3090 Center Green Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301