ESO Studentship Programme 2013



ESO Studentship Programme 2013

The research studentship programme of the European Southern Observatory provides an outstanding opportunity for Ph.D. students to experience the exciting scientific environment at one of the world's leading observatories for a period of up to two years.


ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe. Its approximately 110 staff astronomers, 40 Fellows and 50 Ph.D. students conduct frontline research in fields ranging from exoplanets to cosmology, offering one of the most vibrant and stimulating scientific settings anywhere in the world.


ESO's studentship positions are open to students enrolled in a Ph.D. programme in astronomy or related fields. Students accepted into the programme work on their doctoral project under the formal supervision of their home university, but they come to ESO to work and study under the co-supervision of an ESO staff astronomer, for a period of normally between one and two years. Studentships may be hosted either at ESO's headquarters in Garching (Germany) or at ESO's offices in Santiago (Chile), where two additional positions per year are provided for students enrolled in South American universities.

The Outline of the Terms of Service for Students ( provides some additional details on the employment conditions and benefits. If you are interested in enhancing your Ph.D. experience through an extended stay at ESO please apply online at Reference letters to support your application should be sent to for Garching and for Chile.


Closing date for applications is 15 June 2013, and review of the application documents (including the recommendation letters) will begin immediately.