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.

There are two annual application deadlines:  on May 15th and November 15th. 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:
Statistical Star formation in Lupus
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Ruediger Kneissl:
Studying the Cosmological Evolution of Galaxy Clusters with (Sub-)mm Observations
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Cédric Ledoux:
The gas in and around high redshift galaxies
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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 polarisation in 3d
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Mario van den Ancker:
High-Contrast Imaging of Planet-Forming Disks in Intermediate-Mass Young 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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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:
The interplay of massive stars, gas and dust in very nearby starbursts
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Eric Emsellem:
Hydrodynamical simulations: the role of bars and the fueling of black holes
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Marina Rejkuba:
Resolved stellar populations in near-IR
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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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Dr. Lodovico Coccato:
Testing the non-universality of he low-mass end of the Initial Mass Function in massive Early-Type Galaxies
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Dr. Lodovico Coccato:
Properties of kinematically decoupled structures in Early-Type Galaxies
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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:
The physics of a nearby galaxy sample (HRS): gas, dust and stellar population and their relationship
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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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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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Eric Emsellem:
Fuelling and growth of galaxy nuclei
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Michael Hilker:
Next generation Fornax Cluster surveys
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Evanthia Hatziminaoglou:
Why most supermassive black holes do not accrete material
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Markus Wittkowski:
Interferometric studies of the mass-loss process from cool evolved stars
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Francesca Primas:
Constraining Stellar Interiors and Mixing via Depletion Sequences of Light Elements
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Elena Valenti:
Study of the stellar populations across the whole Milky Way bulge: age map and star formation history
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Martin Zwaan:
ALMACAL: the evolution of the molecular gas in galaxies using ALMA calibrator observations
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Leonardo Testi:
The dawn of planets: structure and evolution of protoplanetary disks with ALMA
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Leonardo Testi:
Cepheid stars, Ho and Dark Energy: precision stellar astrophysics for precision cosmology
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