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Summer Schools/Research Internships on Astrophysics

Summer research internship or summer school opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students in astrophysics are a great opportunity to learn about the state-of-the-art in different fields, and to get some hands-on research experience while getting to know a prospective institute for future study scope. As it may be difficult for students to get information about such opportunities if they do not know where to look for, I will list several such opportunities here – will add a short outline with their official links for more details, and will try to keep updating it if I hear about more of these openings!

  • The Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS) 2020 (
    10 week summer research internship at Leiden Observatory.
    Time: second Monday of June – mid-August 2020
    Frequency: Every year
    Funding: Fully funded upon acceptance. (From this year, 2 special scholarships for applicants from developing countries)
    Deadline for applications: February 28, 2020, 23:59 CET
  • Summer internships at MPIA 2020 (
    2-3 month long summer research internship at Max-Planck Institute of Astronomy in Heidelberg.
    Time: between May and September, 2020
    Frequency: Every year
    Funding: Fully funded upon acceptance.
    Deadline for applications: January 24, 2020
  • Chalmers Astrophysics & Space Science Summer (CASSUM) Research Fellowships (
    10 week summer research internship at Chalmars University.
    Time: 17th May – 25th July, 2020
    Frequency: Unknown
    Funding: Fully funded upon acceptance.
    Deadline for applications: February 14, 2020
  • Heidelberg Summer School 2020 (
    Topic: Planet formation in protoplanetary disks
    Time: August 31 – September 4, 2020
    Funding: Not available
    Frequency: Every year. Topic and time varies.
    Deadline for applications: June 1, 2020
  • Summer school at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland (
    Topic: Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets
    Time: August 19-26, 2020
    Funding: Travel grant may be available
    Deadline for applications: March 1, 2020

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