CISL Visitor Program



We accept non-local visitor applications on an ongoing basis. To apply to the program, the visitor must be hosted by a CISL staff member. For more information, please contact the CISL Visitor Program at

Review the following information carefully and use the form below when you are ready to apply. All applications must be submitted a minimum of two months prior to the start date.

Participants in a CISL workshop

CVP visitor Dr. Martin Schreiber (right) attends a CISL workshop. Visiting from the University of Exeter, UK, he is researching parallel-in-time numerical methods for accelerating large-scale simulations on today’s supercomputers.

CISL regards collaboration with university faculty, practitioners in high-performance computing, new researchers, and students as central to its mission to support the atmospheric and related sciences. As a national center, we depend on a diverse and vigorous visitor program to engage the community and to contribute to our scientific mission.

Scientific and professional visits play a key role in building collaborations among NCAR staff and other researchers, and are also an important component of training students and early career scientists. CISL invites applications for professional collaborations in areas related to the lab’s mission in services, research, and education, including but not limited to:

  • Application optimization and development
  • Computer networking
  • Data assimilation and ensemble prediction
  • Data curation and archiving
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • High-end computing and storage environments
  • High-performance networking
  • Facilities engineering and management
  • Numerical algorithms and performance optimization
  • Scientific visualization
  • Weather and climate variability, impact and assessment

Details and eligibility

CISL receives numerous scientific, technical, and student visitors throughout the year, sometimes providing financial support if needed. CISL accommodates visits for scientists in the geosciences to gain expertise in high performance computing and data analytics.

  • Applications are accepted year-round and vetted by the CVP committee. All applications must be submitted a minimum of two months prior to the start date.
  • Visits must be sponsored by a CISL staff member and have a clear plan for productive interaction. Please note that the CISL Visitor Program is not a "matchmaking" service. Applicants should already have established a relationship and collaborative project with a CISL staff member prior to applying for a visit.
  • The program does not support visits based on general interests.
  • Visits are expected to last from 2 weeks to a maximum of three months. Requests for shorter or longer time periods will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • For scientific/technical level visitors, financial support is limited to a set living allowance for in-person visits.
  • For non-local student visitors, financial support is determined on a case-by-case basis and may include salary support for in-person visits. Student funding is intended for specific project work and may not be used to fund a student-assistant type of position.
  • The amount of financial support depends on available funds and can only be used towards travel costs and local living expenses. No salary is provided for professional or scientific visitors.

Form for visitor use

All applications must be submitted a minimum of two months prior to the start date.

Contact Information
Background for visit
The CISL Visitor Program requires visitors to define a specific collaborative activity with a CISL staff member before applying. The program does not support visits based on general interests.
Approximate Proposed Time Frame of Visit
Is the visitor a student?
Are you requesting funding?
Demographic Information (optional)
Voluntary self-identification (choose any/all that apply)
How do you identify your gender?
Are you a veteran of the armed services?
Do you have a disability?
CISL strives to have diverse representation of universities and professional/student backgrounds in the program each year. We encourage applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in high-performance computing and earth system sciences, including professionals/students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska native, Hispanic or Latino, female, and individuals with disabilities. CISL welcomes LGBT professionals/students.
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