ASTRON/JIVE International Summer Student Programme

Supports astronomy research during the Summer in the Netherlands. 3rd and 4th year students, housing, travel, and stipend included.

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their 2018 Summer Research Programme. The Programme enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced under-graduate) to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at the institute in Dwingeloo in the Netherlands, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members. Possible topics of study include radio galaxies and quasars, aspects of observational cosmology, continuum and line mission/ absorption from normal and starbust galaxies, faint radio sources, pulsar timing, pulsar searching, fast radio bursts, molecular clouds, cosmic magnetism, as well as algorithm development. The actual project the successful candidate will work on will be defined after arrangement with the local supervisor. The programme is not aimed at engineering or electronics students.

ASTRON operates the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), a cutting-edge, low-frequency, multi-field aperture array telescope that is using transformational technologies and novel software approaches to explore the Universe between 10-240 MHz. ASTRON also operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) which is equipped with the new APERTIF phased array feeds, greatly increasing the survey speed of the telescope. JIVE is the main data processor centre of the European VLBI Network (EVN) and is leading the development of real-time e-VLBI in Europe. For more information see the institutes’ websites.

The research grants will provide successful candidates with accommodation at the locality of the institute in Dwingeloo, a modest stipend for up to three months, and full travel reimbursement. We expect the participants to start early June 2019 to ensure overlap of the participants so they can fully benefit from the scheduled lectures and social activities.

Applications for the programme should be sent via the registration module at this website. Registration opens 1 December 2018. Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
Please NOTE that two letters of reference are needed; names and contact information of referees should be filled in while registering.   

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

3rd or 4th year standing

Application Process

Online application including two letters of reference are due February 1st 2019.