Astrophysics Summer Program for International Research Experience.
The next round of ASPIRE will begin accepting applications on about 15 January 2024 and the program will start 28 June 2024.
The deadline for applications for the current round is listed at the top of the home page.
Visit the application page here.
The program will run for about 6 weeks in June/July/August . For exact dates, see the home page.
This programme is designed to offer students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to undertake a research project at a world leading university.
The program takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the Anton Pannekoek Institute (API) for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam.
Yes. Students should plan to be available for the full period of the programme.
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).
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. We do, however, give strong priority to students who through their regular place of education have less access to frontline research in astronomy. Students in an integrated MSc/BSc programme may apply, provided the programme has a total length of at least 5 years, and the student has completed the first 3 of those years.
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, provided you are elgible for the appropriate visa to travel to and stay in Amsterdam.
Yes, most definitely.
No. The program is completely free. We pay for travel, lodging, and food and living expenses.
No. We will arrange accommodation for all accepted participants.
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.
We would like to have all reference letters by the application deadline.
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 are specified in the google form.
No, late applications will not be accepted.
We expect to announce the outcome of the selection process in late March.
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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
You can send any inquiries regarding the programme to firstname.lastname@example.org.