Astrophysics Summer Program for International Research Experience
The next round of ASPIRE will begin accepting applications on March 15th 2021 and the program will start in June of 2021.
The deadline for applications for the current round will be April 15th 2021.
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The program will run between June and August (8 weeks). The dates are provisionally 14th June - 6th August 2021, but these dates are flexible on a project by project basis.
This programme is designed to offer students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to undertake a research project at a world leading university.
The program formally takes place at the Anton Pannekoek Institute (API) for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year's programme will be exceptionally conducted completely remotely.
Students should plan to be available and spend a significant amount of time each week (~30h) on the research project between the middle of June and beginning of August. However, you are welcome to apply should you have restricted availability. Since this year's programme will be exceptionally conducted completely remotely, we can be somewhat flexible with the beginning and start date of the project if necessary. Indicate any restrictions to your availability on the application form. If your availability changes after you submit your application, please let us know at email@example.com.
See the full list here.
Each project will have a scientific aim which you’ll discuss with your project supervisor. More generally you’ll be expected to participate in the research group (and hopefully learn a few things along the way). We will do our best to integrate you in the research groups in this year's remote programme. In particular you can expect to attend online group meetings and research talks given at the institute (depending of course on your timezone).
No. Each project is for one student only.
You’ll be able to do research at a world leading university and along side top academics in astronomy. You’ll be doing research at the very edge of our understanding of the Universe and will get a greater understanding of what it is like to do research. During the project you’ll learn valuable research and astrophysics skills, as well as gain a mentor in the way.
Any student who is not currently enrolled in a PhD program and has already started an MSc in a physics or astronomy degree (or related fields) and who has a passion for doing scientific research can apply.
Yes, as long as you have not started a PhD by the time the program starts.
Yes. Anyone with any nationality can apply to work for a project at the API.
Yes, most definitely.
No. The program is completely free. Since this year's programme will be exceptionally held completely online we do require a (somewhat) reliable Internet connection for you to participate. If this is financially difficult at your current location please mention it in your application. We have some funding available to help with issues like this.
No. This year's programme will be held completely remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
You can check the required documentation in the application section.
No, please ask your referee to send the letter directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name as subject.. Please provide your referee with the letter writing guide pdf which you can download in the application section.
Ideally we would like to have all reference letters by the application deadline on April 15th 2021. If this causes a problem for you some small delay is acceptable. In this case please contact us at email@example.com.
Yes, however a background in physics or very closely related field is mandatory. Please be clear in describing how your skills and knowledge match the projects you have selected.
Here you can find all the information. The application will be run through a google form.
The file sizes for your documentation is specified in the google form.
No, late applications will not be accepted.
We expect to announce the outcome of the selection process in early May.
If you receive error messages during the application process or your PDFs fail to upload, try to restart the process. If everything else fails, please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
You can send any inquiries regarding the programme to email@example.com.