RAL Visitor Program

The Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) conducts directed research that contributes to the depth of fundamental scientific understanding, fosters the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on earth, and supports technology transfer efforts that expand the reach of atmospheric science. RAL is organized into five programs: Aviation Applications, National Security Applications (finescale weather, turbulence and diffusion), Hydrometeorology Applications (hydrology, cloud physics), Weather Systems and Assessments Program (prediction systems for renewable energy, surface transportation), and testing and evaluation of numerical weather prediction systems in the Joint Numerical Testbed (JNT). The majority of our work is funded by external sponsors including federal agencies, the private sector, and foreign entities.

As part of our core values we encourage and support collaboration with colleagues within the U.S. and abroad. To further those interactions, we offer a variety of opportunities to visit RAL and work with our staff. With the sponsorship of a host RAL scientist, a request can be made for funding to support a visitor’s travel costs. During a visitor’s stay, RAL may provide administrative and computing support. Other opportunities may exist for visitors to work with our staff on specific projects for a defined period of time (typically no more than 1 year) and be paid salaries that are equivalent to those they receive at their home institutions.

A number of our scientists participate in UCAR’s Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program, which offers summer research internships to undergraduates exploring a career in an atmospheric science or related field.

We provide support for graduate research assistants and post-doctoral scientists by partnering with NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP). The ASP Faculty Fellowship Program provides support for faculty and their students to visit.

Finally, once per year, the Aviation Application Program, accepts applications for the Halaby Fellowship. This award is intended for graduate student researchers interested in the integration of weather into decision support tools for improved safety and efficiency of aviation.  The fellowship covers travel expenses, lodging and salary for up to 3 months.

For information on scientific collaboration and visitor opportunities contact:

Proj Scientist III

Within RAL, all visitors must have a host on staff to sponsor the visit. This host agrees to collaborate, schedule appointments or seminars, be a mentor, or direct the research or project involved.  The visit must go through an approval process with our RAL Visitor Program Committee.

The RAL host should submit the request for a visitor through our internal application process.