Deadline extended: Applications for NASA Academy 2013 now open

A student of the 2008 edition
18 January 2013

N.B. The deadline has been extended to 5 February 2013 (23:59 CET).

ESA is sponsoring students from ESA Member and Cooperating States to attend the 2013 NASA Academy at Ames Research Center in California, USA, from 17 June to 24 August 2013.

Through the International Space Education Board (ISEB)*,  ESA is able to offer European students the opportunity to take part in the prestigious NASA Academy.

The NASA Academy is a ten-week, intensive summer research programme generally conducted in different NASA centres. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in aerospace engineering and space sciences, it enables them to participate in NASA-led research projects while also developing leadership and networking skills.

The application deadline is 5 February 2013 (23:59 CET). The results of the selection process will be announced in March 2013.

How to Apply

European students wishing to attend the NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (ARC) can now apply. Students interested in this opportunity should:

  1. Choose 3 to 5 projects they would be interested in pursuing. The list of projects can be found online (see link on the right).

    Please note that the following projects listed on the Academy website are not available to European students:

    Project P1: Lunar Spacecraft Development
    Project T3: Robotic Scouting for Lunar Surface Science

  2. Complete the ESA student application form and prepare all additional application material (specified within the form) in Word or PDF format (see link on the right).
  3. Submit all the documents to the Student participation programme in a single email no later than 5 February 2013 (23:59 CET).
  4. Please attach the letters of recommendation to your application email, or ask your referees to email their letters of recommendation to the email address given above no later than 5 February 2013 (23:59 CET).

Eligibility Criteria

 In order to be considered for selection, all applicants to this programme must:

  • be aged between 18 and 28 at the time of the academy;
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member State or Cooperating State**;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student in a university located in an ESA Member State or Cooperating State at the time of submitting the application;
  • be, at the time of submitting the application, a final year undergraduate student (and entering their first year as a graduate student in autumn 2013) or a first year graduate student (ie. Master/PhD student entering their second year in autumn 2013) with a major in engineering, science (physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, earth science, etc.), math, computer science or other areas of interest to the aerospace programme.

Please note that priority will be given to applicants who have never taken part in any activity sponsored by ESA's Education Office or by ESA in general.

ESA’s Education Office reserves the right to cancel the programme without any notification.

*The International Space Education Board (ISEB) was established by NASA, ESA, JAXA and CSA (with CNES, KARI, SANSA and VSSEC as members).

** ESA Member States in 2013
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Cooperating States
Canada, Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia.
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