ESO Summer Research Programme

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2nd ESO Summer Research Programme
Garching, Germany
2nd July - 11th August 2020

An ESO Blog article on the 2019 edition of the Summer Research Programme can be found here

For six weeks in the summer of 2020, ESO will host the second Summer Research Programme. This fully-funded programme is an opportunity for university students interested in astronomy/astrophysics, who are not yet enrolled in a PhD programme, to obtain research experience alongside astronomers based at ESO Headquarters (HQ) in Garching, Germany. We will accept applications from promising university students from any country, although priority will be given to students from ESO Member States, Strategic Partners (Australia) and the Host State (Chile). 

The Summer Research Program at ESO is an exceptional opportunity for students to work at an institute that is both the headquarters of the most productive observatory in the world and a top-class research organisation. People at ESO's HQ maintain a very active research community and are also designing and operating cutting-edge telescopes and their instruments including the VLTALMA, and the forthcoming ELT, which will be the world's biggest optical-near infrared telescope!  

The participants can choose between a wide range of research projects, covering many areas of astronomy from exoplanets to cosmology. The ESO Summer Research Programme will also provide opportunities beyond research, including lectures, a mini-workshop, and many social activities. You should expect six weeks packed with new experiences, new networks and new friendships!

Travel costs to/from Garching will be covered for participants of the programme. Accommodation will be provided free of charge in a shared apartment in Garching (with electricity, heating and internet all included). Students will also be provided with a modest stipend to cover living costs during the programme. Successful students have the responsibility to acquire any required visas to spend six weeks working in Germany under these conditions.

For inquiries about the programme, please email summerresearch@eso.org.