ESO Studentship Programme

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere awards several studentship positions each year in both Germany and Chile. The goal of the ESO studentship program is to connect Ph.D. students and their advisors throughout the ESO community with the activities and people at one of the world's foremost observatories, and offers an invaluable training opportunity for the next generation of Astronomers and users of ESO facilities.

These positions are open to students enrolled in a university Ph.D. programme, preferentially but not necessarily in an ESO member state. Additionally, ESO will provide up to two studentship positions per year at ESO Santiago for students enrolled in Chilean universities.

The application deadline is every year on June 15. To apply on-line, please visit the ESO recruitment portal.

For some quick facts you can download the PDF "ESO Studentship Programme at a glance". For more information, please look at the Quick links on the top-right corner of this page.


Open PhD thesis topics

Giovanni Carraro:
The Young Star Cluster Pismis 24 in ARA: a Laboratory of Star Formation and Massive Stars Evolution
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Bill Dent:
Gas in young planet-forming and debris disks
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Ruediger Kneissl:
Studying the Cosmological Evolution of Galaxy Clusters with (Sub-)mm Observations
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Liz Humphreys and Ciriaco Goddi:
High-mass Star Formation at High-Angular Resolution
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Hans-Ulrich Käufl:
Use of CO rotational vibrational absorption spectroscopy to study physical conditions of very early stages for star formation
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Gaitee Hussain:
Star formation: probing magnetic fields and their spheres of influence
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Gaitee Hussain:
Space weather in young solar systems
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Ralf Siebenmorgen:
Dust in 3d: From protostars and stellar clusters to AGN
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Ralf Siebenmorgen:
Structure of the planet-forming region in circumstellar disks models confronted with high-angular resolution observations
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Michael Sterzik:
Bioastronomy with Planet Earth
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Mario van den Ancker:
The Formation and Early Evolution of Massive Stars
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Mario van den Ancker:
Optical-Infrared Studies of Planet Formation Around Intermediate-Mass Stars
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Liz Humphreys:
Evolution of Solar-type Stars using ALMA
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Gaitee Hussain:
Magnetic fields and interaction in binary systems
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Ferdinando Patat:
Pinning down the nature of Type Ia SN progenitors
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Markus Schöller:
The role of magnetic fields in the intermediate-mass star formation process
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Markus Schöller:
Magnetic fields in massive stars
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Jeremy R. Walsh:
Dust in the Crab Nebula Supernova Remnant
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Eric Emsellem:
Hydrodynamical simulations: the role of bars and the fueling of black holes
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Harald Kuntschner, Tim de Zeeuw:
Mapping the star-formation history of early-type galaxies
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Marina Rejkuba:
Near-IR view of the Milky Way bulge
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Marina Rejkuba, Jeremy R. Walsh:
Planetary Nebulae and HII regions in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 5128
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Magda Arnaboldi:
Testing galaxy formation in high density environments - the extended stellar haloes of giant elliptical galaxies
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Ludovico Coccato:
Testing the non-universality of he low-mass end of the Initial Mass Function in massive Early-Type Galaxies
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Harald Kuntschner, Tim de Zeeuw:
Probing the central regions of galaxies
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Jochen Liske:
Disentangling galaxy formation: the evolution of bulges and disks
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Paolo Padovani:
Multi-wavelength studies of blazars
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Eelco van Kampen:
Studying the first galaxy clusters with ALMA
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Paola Andreani:
Protocluster formation: effect of radio activity on cluster and star formation
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Paola Andreani:
Foreground emission and Cosmic Microwave background intrinsic anisotropies
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Paola Andreani:
Black hole accretion versus star burst episodes: what is the engine of powerful active galaxies?
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Wolfram Freudling:
Evolution of the interstellar medium in galaxies from redshift 0 to 1.5
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Bruno Leibundgut:
Evolution of SN 1987A
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Jochen Liske, Luca Pasquini:
Towards a direct measurement of the expansion history of the Universe
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Valentin Ivanov:
Obscured star cluster population in the Milky Way
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Zahed Wahhaj:
Studies of Planet Formation by Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanets and Circumstellar Disks
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Willem-Jan De Wit:
The onset of cluster formation near young high-mass stars
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Henri Boffin:
The binary central stars of planetary nebulae
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Henri Boffin:
An interferometry study of interacting binaries
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Henri Boffin:
Mass transfer in interacting binaries - numerical simulations
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Vincenzo Mainieri, Paolo Padovani:
AGN feedback: a multi-wavelength approach
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Eric Emsellem, Nadine Neumayer:
Fuelling and growth of galaxy nuclei
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