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Training Opportunities

The period for applying for the 2015 projects has now passed

The 2016 projects will be advertised here in Autumn 2015



Who can apply?

  • To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada is a Cooperating State and Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia are European Cooperating States (PECS). Studying in an ESA member state does not contribute to your eligibility for an ESA traineeship.
  • Applicants should be in the last few years of their Bachelors degree or be studying a Master's degree. You need to at least be a student (either undergradute or Master's student) when you apply. For recent graduates, we refer you to the ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme and the ESA National Trainee scheme. For PhD and Post-docs, we refer you to the Network/Partnering Initiative (NPI) and the ESA Research Fellowships.


  • Traineeships last from three to six months.
  • Traineeships are unpaid, however a daily allowance may be granted of €20 for non-residents and €10 for residents. A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment.
  • Trainees have to provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.
  • Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation.

Further information on ESA Trainee Programmes can be found here.

How to apply

Applications are accepted through an online application form which will be available when the projects for 2016 are advertised in the Autumn. Please come back then.

You will be contacted shortly after the deadline if you have been invited for an interview. An interview day at ESAC is being organised for 24th February 2015 where you have the opportunity to talk to each tutor of the projects of your interest. If you are unable to attend the interview session, telephone/web interviews will be held.

How to get to ESAC

Instructions on how to get to ESAC can be found here (in English), here (in Spanish), and also on the XMM-Newton pages.

Additional Information Sessions

Each year between twenty to thirty projects are advertised. All project durations are between a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. The types of projects we offer are astrophysics, engineering, IT, instrumentation and education projects (all ESAC activities). Also see the following for the types of projects advertised in previous years:

The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Internship programme and is organised and funded by the ESAC HR Service and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and the ESA Education Office.

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This page was first created on 1 October, 2008 and was last updated on 2 March, 2015.
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