AMS Graduate Fellowship Program Sponsors

The AMS 100th Anniversary Campaign provides a focused institutional mechanism for AMS members and organizations involved in the atmospheric and related sciences and services to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of their science and to societal betterment. AMS relies on external support to implement programs, such as the AMS fellowship and scholarship programs.  The AMS Giving Program also provides support in the following areas:

  • Public Awareness—focusing on increasing the visibility of AMS in both the atmospheric sciences community and in areas outside of our own field.
  • Education of Our Future Scientists—supporting both collegiate studies with scholarships and fellowships and precollege education to assist students in becoming scientifically literate by providing training for K-13 teachers, and producing instructional resource materials.
  • History of the Atmospheric and Related Sciences—supporting projects that are aimed at gathering, preserving, and providing access to historical documentation in science and technology.
  • The AMS Policy Program (APP)—The APP’s mission is to strengthen the connection between public policy and Earth system science and services by building policy research and by creating opportunities for policymakers and scientists to engage and exchange perspectives to foster better-informed policy decisions.

Through the support of member contributions to the AMS 100th Anniversary Campaign, AMS is able to award minority scholarships and graduate fellowships to outstanding individuals pursuing degrees in the atmospheric and related sciences.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office

Established in October 2005, NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) provides strategic guidance and oversight for the agency’s climate science and services programs. These programs enhance climate observations, monitoring, and data analysis; advance climate research and modeling; and develop and deliver climate information to decision makers. The CPO funds high-priority climate research to advance understanding of climate variability and change, atmospheric and ocean processes, and climate impacts resulting in draught and other stresses. The CPO funds climate research in most regions of the United States and at the national and international scale, including in the Arctic. The CPO also leads NOAA climate education and outreach activities.

NOAA is a leading provider of weather, water, and climate information to the nation and the world. NOAA’s climate mission is to “understand and describe climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond.” Its long-term climate efforts are designed to strengthen our predictive understanding of variability and change in the global climate system, and to advance the application of this information in climate-sensitive sectors through a suite of research, observations and modeling, and application and assessment activities.

Specifically, NOAA’s climate program objectives are to

  • describe and understand the state of the climate system through integrated observations, monitoring, and data management;
  • understand and predict climate variability and change from weeks to decades to a century; and
  • improve the ability of society to plan and respond to climate variability and change.

These objectives are being achieved through three distinct, yet integrated, programs: Climate Observations and Monitoring, Climate Research and Modeling, and Climate Information Services.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, has a long history of service to the meteorological community. LMC built and launched the world’s first weather satellite, TIROS I, in 1960 and since that time has deployed over 100 satellites (accommodating over 600 instruments) to observe the Earth and the sun, including all of the NOAA and Defense Department polar-orbiting operational satellites (POES and DMSP). Continuing this proud heritage, LMC was recently awarded the contract to build the spacecraft for the latest generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite series R (GOES-R). LMC also builds instruments that satellites carry, such as the Cryogenic Limb Array Etalon Spectrometer (CLAES) that flew on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and detected chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the stratosphere, and the Solar X-ray imager (SXI) flying on the current GOES satellites. For GOES-R LMC is building two new instruments: the solar ultraviolet imager (SUVI) and the geostationary lightning mapper (GLM). LMC is also a world leader in ground-based weather systems, including the NEXRAD weather surveillance radar deployed at over 150 sites in this country and abroad, the tropospheric wind profiler radar deployed at over 35 sites in this country, and more recently, laser radar systems designed to detect wind shear and wake vortex conditions at airports. The Corporation builds a range of meteorological and oceanographic sensors, including expendable probes that collect data on the physical properties of the ocean and upper atmosphere, which are used by the National Weather Service and other customers. Exploiting data gathered by meteorological sensors requires integrated weather systems and in this area LMC provides systems to the Department of Defense and civil agencies to ingest environmental data from low-earth-orbiting and geostationary satellites, both domestic and international, and generate analysis and forecast products. Integrated system solutions are also provided for international customers such as the National Integrated Meteorological and Hydrological Forecast Systems for Romania. Lockheed Martin is a total system provider with a proud heritage—and we never forget who we’re working for.


Rampyari Bahethi Graduate Fellowship

The Rampyari Bahethi Graduate Fellowship has been established and sponsored by the Om and Saraswati Bahethi Foundation USA Inc. The Foundation provides scholarships to students who are seeking post-secondary education and wish to focus on STEM subjects. The Foundation also provides distributions to qualifying educational institutions to help fund programs related to science and math education.


 The application includes specific guidelines; if you have further questions, contact  AMS Development and Student Program Manager Donna Fernandez:

[email protected]  

617-227-2426 ext. 3907