How to apply

Interested in applying? You should then do the following:

  • Identify and consult the endorsing professor or academic, who preferably should be your thesis or project supervisor.
  • Compose a team with other students, who would have interest in working together for their thesis orproject.
  • Register on the ESA Education Office’s project portal. Your endorsing professor and all the team members should register on the website.
  • Define your project, discuss it and try to find references in the scientific literature about similar research projects.
  • Write a letter of intent following the template to be found under the documents links. Please follow closely the instructions below.
  • Ask your endorsing professor or academic to write a formal letter of endorsement in which he shows his support to all the team members and your proposed project. More specifically, the endorsing professor or academic should clearly state in this letter that he supports the students’ application and that he accepts responsibility for their Fly Your Thesis project.
  • If you are a citizen of a Cooperating State, obtain a letter of endorsement from your national agency stating that you will be supported financially throughout the programme. Contact ESA’s Education Office for further details if needed.
  • Access the portal, apply for the programme and upload the letter of intent.

Note that they fly Your Thesis! programme is currently on hold and there will be no campaign in 2013

Instructions for the letter of intent

As a first step of the selection process, the teams are asked to write a letter of intent. The fist selection of teams and the assignment of a mentor will be based on this document.

This letter will include an abstract outlining the scientific objectives of the project. Please note that the focus should be on the scientific purposes of the project, not on the technical and practical details of the implementation of the experiment. In other words, the participants are invited to explain what they wish to investigate, rather than how.

Prior to writing the abstract, please carry out some research to see whether any work has been done on the same or a similar topic. Looking at previous experiments in the Erasmus Experiment Archive will also be helpful. References to literature that you have found should be stated in the letter of intent. Keep in mind that the project’s main objective should be to achieve relevant scientific results.

The letter of intent must also explain the relevance of zero-g in your project, particularly the relevance of parabolic flights as a means to achieve your scientific research objectives. It should be noted that parabolic flights do not only offer zero-g; they also offer a sequence of different gravity levels (0 – 1 – 2 g) that can be used during your experiment.

The programme aims to support research that is part of students' university syllabuses; as such, the applicants are requested to explain in full detail if and how this is the case. They should include the type of university projects in which they are involved, the topic and how the proposed project would be relevant.

Please note that the information detailed above is subject to change without prior notice.

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