ASPIRE 2022 applications CLOSED.

Application deadline: 13 May 2022.

Applications for ASPIRE 2022 may now be submitted. In line with earlier editions, we expect many applicants from all around the world. To optimise your chances of admission and ensure a smooth process, please read the FAQ and follow the application instructions strictly.

The first editions of ASPIRE in the Summers of 2019 and 2021 were a great success! In 2019, we had eight fantastic students join us from all over the world to conduct research projects at the API, and in 2021 we received eleven in an online research programme due to corona. You can find out all about some of their adventures and science over at the ASPIRE blog. We are excited to let you know that the third edition of ASPIRE will run in summer 2022. Due to corona, we will have to organize it again as an remote-attendance, online programme, but you will still be working one on one on a cutting edge research programme.

Calling all aspiring astronomers and astrophysicists!

We are excited to welcome applications for the second edition of ASPIRE (Astrophysics Summer Program for International Research Experience) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands!

ASPIRE will be an 8-week online programme for highly-motivated students to work at the cutting-edge of astronomical research at the Anton Pannekoek Institute (API), University of Amsterdam. Our goal is to give you the experience of astronomical research at a world-leading institute and help kick-start your journey into a science career and all the other avenues it can open. You’ll gain new research skills and an advisor who will be your guide and mentor. We are especially seeking students whose opportunities to access to such experiences are currently limited.

At the API, we recognise that our strengths and successes come from the diversity of our researchers, whose unique personalities, backgrounds, cultures and talents enhance our progress in science and are key to the identity of our institute. We therefore invite all students from across the world, who are currently engaged in (or recently completed) an MSc programme, to apply to ASPIRE. We are especially keen to welcome students from countries and institutes where opportunities for research experience are scarce, and we further specifically encourage applications from groups whose talents are typically untapped and under-represented by astronomical institutes, including, but not limited to: people of colour, women, and students whose socio-economic background is underprivileged.

With ASPIRE, you’ll be working on exciting 8-week individual research projects with our API postdocs and PhDs, while embedded within a faculty-led research group, taking place in the Dutch summer time between 14 June - 06 August 2021. Our topics range from exoplanets and their atmospheres, to the extreme astrophysics of massive star explosions, transients and black holes. The projects cover different aspects of theory, modelling and observational research, and will introduce you to members of the different API research groups. ASPIRE will also include a once-a week series of tailored lectures by API researchers who will provide some basics on programming and research skills, as well as an exciting look into the research frontiers we explore at the API. We will have several online social events throughout the programme too so you can meet API researchers, from MSc and PhD students to the postdocs and the faculty. At the end of the program, we will hold the ASPIRE symposium, where you and your fellow ASPIRE students will present short talks on your research achievements from the program.


Amsterdam Canals The Anton Pannekoek Institute is located in Science Park 904 and is home to Amsterdam’s astronomers. Anton Pannekoek Institute has about 20 faculty, 20 senior/research associates, and over 50 PhD and Msc students. Research at the API covers a broad range of themes from the origin of life to high-energy astrophysics, including both observations over all wavelengths and theoretical modelling. The research program includes; modelling stellar and planetary formation, evolution, and their populations; modelling neutron stars and black holes; and looking at explosions and bursts from stars, neutron stars, and black holes.

Apply now!

DEADLINE: 13th May 2022.

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Experience astrophysics
research from planets to black holes!

You will take part of a diverse research projects offered by researchers at the API.

Got any questions?

Any MSc student from anywhere in the world is eligle to apply! Check out our FAQ!

Want to apply?

Follow the link below for the requirements and documentation needed to apply for a position in the ASPIRE programme!