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Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer students

Leiden Observatory and ESA are pleased to welcome applications for the sixth edition of the LEAPS program. 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 PhD program, although most past participants have been senior-undergraduate or masters' students who are enthusiastic about research in astrophysics.

Applications are carried out through this application form and the deadline is scheduled for February 28, 2019. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please email us. If you want to know more about the projects on offer, please email the project supervisor directly by clicking on their name below.

What is LEAPS?

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 PhD program, although most past participants have been senior-undergraduate or masters' students who are enthusiastic about research in astrophysics.

Selection

Students will be selected for the program based on their academic achievements and research potential and will be matched to staff projects based on what they indicate their scientific interests to be. Research at Leiden Observatory and ESA takes place on a diverse array of topics (see below), and student projects will likely consist of anything from the analysis of data from world-class telescopes, to large computer simulations, to hands-on work in the astrochemistry laboratories.

For the 2019 program, up to two LEAPS studentships will be awarded to students from developing countries and funded by the J. Mayo Greenberg Scholarship Prize. In memory of the distinguished pioneering Leiden astrophysicist, Professor J. Mayo Greenberg.

Projects will begin the first Monday of June 2019 and end by mid-August 2019.

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