ESO Summer Research Programme


4th ESO Summer Research Programme

Garching, Germany
4 July - 12 August 2022


We have received a very large number of applications.

The shortlist of applicants is now being finalised.

You should receive news about your applications via email during the next two weeks. 

For six weeks in the summer of 2022, ESO will host the forth 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 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 Programme will be hosted in Garching if all accepted students are able to travel to ESO HQ. If the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow an in-person visit, the programme will be held virtually as it was done in 2020 and 2021.

Project AWind-blown bubbles around accreting neutron stars and black holes

with Marianne Heida & María Díaz Trigo


Project BChanging monsters: How do blazars change their power across the spectrum?

with Paula Sánchez Sáez, Gabriela Calistro Rivera & Martin Zwaan


Project C: Extragalactic planetary nebulae in the central regions of galaxies

with Magda Arnaboldi & Johanna Hartke (Oxford)


Project DHide and seek with brawling stellar couples

with Julia Bodensteiner, Jakub Klencki & Henri Boffin


Project ECombat stellar activity in the hunt for young planets

with Louise Dyregaard Nielsen


Project F: Learning the secret of the elixir of youth: a study of blue stragglers with Gaia

with Henri Boffin & Nicola Gentile Fusillo

A detailed description of the projects is available here.

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 applicants can choose between a wide range of research projects, covering many areas of astronomy from planets to galaxies. The ESO Summer Research Programme will also provide opportunities beyond research, including a series of lectures, a mini-workshop, a planetarium visit, an ELT instrumentation visit, and many social activities. You should expect six weeks packed with new experiences, new networks and new friendships!

If it is possible to host the programme in person, travel costs to/from Garching will be covered for participants of the programme. Accommodation will be provided 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.


ESO Blog articles on the 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of the Summer Research Programme can be found herehere and here!   

For inquiries about the programme, please email