University - Grad/Postdoc request


Requests for allocations are submitted and reviewed through the NCAR Resource Allocation System.

In general, fields on the form should be self-explanatory; the information below is provided to clarify what is needed in some of the fields. You may find it helpful to keep this page open when completing the form.

This form is used for both Grad Student/Postdoc requests and Classroom Allocation requests.

Open the request form.

Log in with your UCAR/NCAR username if you have one. Authenticate as you do to use the supercomputer.

Select Request Type

Is this a request for a new project or are you requesting the renewal of (or additional resources for) an existing project?

If this is a renewal, put your current CISL project code (e.g., UABC1234 or P12345678) in the "Request Number" field.

Request Information

Title: Enter the title of the project for which you are requesting an allocation.

Abstract: Type or paste in a brief, self-contained description of your project (or course). Requests for more than 50,000 core-hours should give details on numerical experiments.

Keywords: No keywords are needed, so you can leave this blank.

Fields of Science

Only one Field of Science is required. (Additional fields of science will be disregarded.)

Check the "Primary" box. 

Related Personnel

Use this section to designate your project lead and project admin. There can be only one of each. Your request will fail if you name more than one project admin.

Enter a username, first name or last name in the “Search for people” field to find and select users or click “Create New User” to add someone who is not already in the system.

Identify yourself as "Project Lead" if you are submitting the request as a grad student or postdoc, or if you are an instructor requesting a classroom allocation. 

Add your adviser as "Project Admin" if you are submitting the request as a grad student or postdoc.

An instructor requesting a classroom allocation can identify a teaching assistant as "Project Admin."

You will be able to add more users to the project after it has been created. Submit a request here.

Supporting Grants

Ignore this section of the form. The red asterisks apply only if you start entering supporting grant information, which is not required with allocation requests for grad students and postdocs.

Available Resources

Indicate the number of core-hours you are requesting for each computing resource.

If you are requesting CMIP Analysis Platform access, just check the box.


An allocation request for a grad student or postdoc must include an advisor’s letter or email attached as a PDF file. It should confirm the institutional status of the student or postdoc, briefly describe the importance and quality of the proposed research (e.g., is part of their master's or doctoral research), and affirm that funding agency support is not available for the work.

A classroom allocation request must include a course syllabus attached as a PDF file.

Save To Date or Submit

Save the information you have entered so far, or submit your completed request.