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FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

I hope this page can be filled with resources to help undergraduate students into the field of astrophysics.


It currently holds links to:

- relevant summer schools and funding for internships. Often if you are looking to pursue a career in astronomy you will end up in academia.  Relevant internships will likely be at observatories or within universities where you will be undertaking research - and are very valuable if you are looking to apply for a PhD. As with all of academia though, you may need to find some funding. I hope some of the resources here could be of use.

- potential internships

 

SUMMER SCHOOLS AND INTERNSHIP FUNDING

Got some ideas for helpful resources? Let me know!

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QUEEN MARY SUMMER SCHOOL

18 or over? Queen Mary University of London offers summer schools that are attended by high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students! They have a range of science-based school you could attend, and you get to visit London!

PATRICIA TOMKINS UNDERGRADUATE AWARD

From the RAS website: "A generous donation from the Patricia Tomkins Foundation funds a RAS scheme of prizes and grants to encourage student interest in instrumentation science for astronomy and geophysics. While the support is aimed at developing skills in scientific hardware such as electronics, detectors and optics, the development of novel software specific to a hardware project will also be considered.

The Tomkins undergraduate prize of £500 will be awarded for excellent laboratory work on instrumentation undertaken as part of a course related to astronomy or geophysics. Applicants will be required to submit a short report (no longer than 4 pages) on their instrumentation project together with a covering letter from their academic tutor in support of the application. The deadline is 31 May."

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RAS FUNDING FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN ASTRONOMY

If you are looking to do a summer internship within a university within the area of astrophysics, you're going to need some funding! The RAS help fund undergraduate summer projects for up to 10 weeks, though you may need help from your supervisor to apply (and they must do so before February).

RSE INTERNSHIP FUNDING

Also called the Cormack Vacation Scholarship, if you are an astrophysics undergraduate you could get funding for your internship plans here. Here's what the RSE have to say:

"The Cormack Vacation Scholarship scheme is for undergraduate students studying astronomy who have a class record indicative of good research potential and who would like to further their skills and experience by undertaking a period of research over the summer holiday period.

Applicants should be full-time undergraduates, normally up to and including the Summer before final year.  All Scholarships – which have a value of £200 per week – will be funded for up to a total of six weeks. Applications with a clear link to mountain-top observing/data may also be considered for the Piazzi Smyth Bequest Award, also valued at £200 a week."

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CARNEGIE VACATION SCHOLARSHIP

If you're studying at a Scottish University, you can apply to have the Carnegie Trust fund your internship at a University for up to 12 weeks!

LAIDLAW VACATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Laidlaw Foundation offers scholarships of £500 for up to 10-week summer internships on a research project of your making, within a university. The programme also involves leadership training, so is great on your CV! To find out more, check out their website or search your university webpage for them!

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CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP

Looking for funding for a 1 year Masters degree in the UK? Chevening Scholarships are available to students from a range of countries!

Got some ideas for helpful resources? Let me know!

 

PLACES THAT OFFER INTERNSHIPS

Many institutions will offer internships, in many cases, they are not advertised and instead you can approach an academic about it. Saying that, here are a few astronomy based internships.

LEAPS, ST ANDREWS

Interested in planetary atmospheres and lightning on other planets? How about contacting Dr Helling in St Andrews?

EXOPLANETS, ST ANDREWS

If exoplanets are your thing, consider the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science.

ASTRONOMY GROUP, ST ANDREWS

Other members of the school also take on summer students (from within the University of St Andrews, the rest of the UK and internationally). Research ranges from exoplanets to stellar evolution, stellar to galactic formation and cosmology.

LEAPS, LEIDEN

Work with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA.

MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE, GERMANY

MPIA in Heidelberg offers summer internships to Masters and Bachelor students in a range of astronomical areas.

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE, BALTIMORE USA

This internship includes attending some extra classes as well as research! Research offered includes; data reduction, software development and engineering, instrumentation, scientific writing and public outreach!

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM (ASTROPHYSICS)

Try an internship at Oxford if you're an undergraduate studying in the EU.

SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (SURE), LEICESTER

The University of Leicester offers a 6-week internship for undergraduates of UK institutions.

 
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