CISL Visitor Program

Poster session discussion
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.

We are currently accepting applications on an on-going basis including requests for financially supported virtual visits for students. 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

The Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) 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 CISL'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.  

  • 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 student visitors, financial support is determined on a case-by-case basis and may include salary support for either in-person or virtual visits. Student funding is intended for specific project work and may not be used to fund a student assistant type position.

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