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2016 Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS) In Netherlands

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Leiden Observatory and ESA are offering the Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS) 2016. The program is open to all students not currently engaged in a Ph.D. program, although most past participants have been senior-undergraduate or masters’ students who are enthusiastic about research in astrophysics. Students accepted into the LEAPS program will be provided with travel costs to/from Leiden. They will also provide housing accommodations near the observatory, as well as a modest stipend to help with living costs during the internship. Internship application deadline is February 5, 2016.

Field of Internship: LEAPS is an opportunity for students with an interest in Astronomy and Astrophysics to perform a 10-12 week summer research project in collaboration with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA. Major fields of interest include extrasolar planets, star formation, cosmology, galaxy formation, instrumentation and astrochemistry. Multiple research projects will likely be available within these fields.
Course Level:
Internship
Internship Provider: Leiden Observatory and ESA
Internship can be taken at: Netherlands

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Eligibility: -The program is open to all international students provided they are not currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
-LEAPS is an opportunity for students with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics to perform.
-The program is open to all students not currently engaged in a Ph.D. program, although most past participants have been senior-undergraduate or masters’ students who are enthusiastic about research in astrophysics.

Internship Open for International Students: The program is open to all international students provided they are not currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program. ESA projects are only available for students from ESA member or affiliate states (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada). Students from Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia and Slovenia (affilliate members) can also apply for ESA projects.

Is this paid internship? Students accepted into the LEAPS program will be provided with travel costs to/from Leiden. They will also provide housing accommodations near the observatory, as well as a modest stipend to help with living costs during the internship. Leiden is a small, picturesque university town located between the major cities of Amsterdam and The Hague. Summer is a beautiful time of year to be in Leiden, and they encourage LEAPS students to socialize and use their free time to enjoy the numerous summertime activities available in Holland. English is widely spoken throughout the Netherlands and international students should find it easy to live in the Leiden area. They are planning several field trips for LEAPS students including visits to the ESTEC complex where many ESA satellites are being built, and potentially to the LOFAR radio array, the world’s largest low-frequency radio telescope.

Internship Description: LEAPS is an opportunity for students with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics to perform a 10-12 week summer research project in collaboration with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA. The program is open to all students not currently engaged in a Ph.D. program, although most past participants have been senior-undergraduate or masters’ students who are enthusiastic about research in astrophysics.

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Number of awards offered: Not Known

Internship Duration: This is a 10-12 week summer research programme. Projects will begin in June 2016 and end before end-August 2016.

Notification:  Not Known

How to Apply:  The mode of application is online. Application is carried out through this application form and the deadline is scheduled for February 5 2016. 

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is February 5 2016.

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