Applications are invited for the DropTES Fellowship Programme funded by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. the fellowship is open to research teams from entities that are the Member States of the United Nations.
The fellowship programme offers a selected research team the opportunity to conduct its own microgravity experiments at the Bremen Drop Tower. The programme is aimed at contributing to the promotion of space education and research in microgravity around the world particularly for the enhancement of relevant capacity-building activities in developing countries.
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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the utilization of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development.
- Application Deadline: 28 February 2019 at 23:59 CET
- Course Level: Fellowship is available to pursue research programme.
- Study Subject: The fellowship programme offers a selected research team the opportunity to conduct its own microgravity experiments at the Bremen Drop Tower. The series of experiments will consist of four drops or catapult launches during which approximately 5 or 10 seconds of microgravity, respectively, are produced.
- Award: The selected research team will be offered financial support exclusively for travel purposes. This may include the provision of most economical economy class round-trip air tickets between the participants’ international airport of departure and Bremen. En-route expenses or any changes made to the air tickets must be the responsibility of the participants.
- In this context, it has to be noted that UNOOSA will not bear the expenses for the preparation, transport, and shipping as well as insurance of the experiment. Funding to cover these costs must be obtained separately, through private means or through national or international institutions. Applicants and their respective entities are therefore strongly encouraged to find additional sources of sponsorship.
- The drops or catapult launches are sponsored by DLR Space Administration. The technical support provided by ZARM is included in those sponsored drops or catapult launches and therefore free of charge.
- For the stay of the student team in Bremen, ZARM will provide free of charge its on-site apartment at the drop tower facility, which has two separate rooms with two beds in each room, a bathroom, and a common kitchen. The ZARM apartment can accommodate up to four people.
- The academic supervisor (team leader) of the students will be accommodated in a nearby hotel, which shall be basically located in walking distance from the Bremen Drop Tower. Accommodation expenses for the stay of the academic supervisor will be covered by UNOOSA.
- Number of Awards: One academic supervisor (team leader – Prof./PhD) with up to four students who are from the Member States of the United Nations.
- Nationality: The Member States of the United Nations.
- The award can be taken in Germany
- Eligible Countries: Fellowship is awarded to applicants from the Member States of the United Nations.
- Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this Fellowship:-
- The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from entities that are the Member States of the United Nations.
- Teams should consist of up to four Bachelor, Master and/or Ph.D. students who must be endorsed by an academic supervisor.
- It is further required that the proposed experiment be an integral part of the students’ syllabuses, that is, part of a Bachelor thesis, a Master thesis, a Ph.D. thesis, or another form of research project associated with the applicants’ studies at the respective university.
- English Language Requirements: The program’s language will be English. So it is expected that applicants should have a good knowledge of English.
How to Apply: The fully completed the above application form, properly endorsed by the applicant’s institution, should be emailed to [email protected] both in PDF format (.pdf) containing the signature page, and in MS Word (.doc), no later than 31 January 2019. Note that our email accounts only accept emails with a size limit of up to 10 MB.