ESO Summer Research Programme

ESO Summer Research Programme

ESO Summer Research Programme
Garching, Germany
1st July - 9th August 2019

**The application deadline has passed and applications are now closed. We will be sending out emails to the applicants about the results the week of the 25th March**

We are excited to announce the first ever ESO Summer Research Programme that will take place for six weeks in 2019. 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. This Summer Research Programme will attract the most promising university students from ESO Member States, Strategic Partners (Australia) and Host State (Chile). Check the full eligibity criteria to apply for the programme. It is a requirement that students attend the full six week period of the programme.

The Summer Research Program at ESO is an exceptional opportunity for students to work inside 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 comets to cosmology. The ESO Summer Research Programme will also provide opportunities beyond research, including lectures, a mini-workshop, and many social activities; check out some of the planned 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. Travel costs will be provided from the students' home institute, unless the home institute is not located in an ESO Member State, Strategic Partner or Host State (in which case the equivalent costs from the country of nationality will be provided). 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. 

Application for the programme is done via our online application form. Students will also need to arrange for one reference letter from a university professor/lecturer to be sent to us directly by email at: The same email address can be used for all enquiries.