[Last updated: 24th April 2018]

(scroll down for UK opportunities)

HdA’s International Summer Internship Programme – The Haus der Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany offers three week internships for those older than 16 but haven’t yet started University.

LEAPS – The Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students offers a fantastically comprehensive list of research topics. The internships last 10-12 weeks with funding and accommodation available.

ASTRON/JIVE – Located in the Netherlands at the Dwingeloo Observatory, with a focus on Radio Astrophysics, there is still a great range of topics available for research.

MPIA – Summer internships available at the Max Planck Institute near Heidelberg. They last 1-3 months in the summer time, with a salary of about €820 a month.

IAC – This funded summer grants programme takes place on the Canary Islands with projects in astrophysics or technology.

INT – The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes offers a year long Studentship for those who are currently undergraduate, Masters or PhD students, on La Palma.

NCAC – The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre offers the chance to carry out scientific research in Warsaw and Torun, Poland for 4-6 weeks.

RISE – Limited to students from the UK, US and Canada, there are always opportunities to carry out Astrophysical research at choice of different German institutions.

ESA – Internships of 3-6 months for nationals of ESA Member States and Cooperating States, located at ESTEC, ESOC, ESAC, ECSAT or ESRIN.

ESO – The European Southern Observatory usually have internships available throughout the year, often in Garching, Germany with a small stipend and accommodation.

Young Graduate Trainees – A fantastic one year opportunity for Masters graduates to work at ESA, for nationals of ESA Member States and Cooperating States.
Also see the National Trainee Programmes.

CERN –  Because, well, CERN.


UCL – scholarships often available for international students with many different research themes available, for a 2 month period. Here is the Astrophysics department page.

UROP – The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme at Imperial College London is also available to Masters students, and has Astrophysics topics available.

Oxford – Summer Research Programme for EU nationals for 8 weeks over the summer, with a stipend available.

SURE – Limited to students studying in UK Universities, undertake research for 6 weeks within the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester. Allowance available.

STFC – The Science and Technology Facilities Council provide the chance for UK undergrads to work at The UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh for 4-12 weeks.

Cardiff – Cardiff University offer summer research internships between 4-8 weeks. Weekly allowance available.

LCO – Science Communication summer internships also at Cardiff.

King’s – Internships available for up to three months in Cosmology, at King’s College London. Unfortunately no funding available, but you can always try to get funding from elsewhere.

QUB – Queen’s University Belfast offer summer studentships, lasting 8 weeks, with a stipend of £1000.

Hertfordshire – The University of Hertfordshire offers 4-8 week internships with some funding available.

Cavendish – The Cavendish Laboratory and the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge offer 4-10 week summer placements.


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