How to apply
Interested in applying? You should then follow the following steps:
- Identify and speak to the endorsing professor or academic supervisor, who should preferably be your thesis or project supervisor.
- Form a team of two to four students who fulfil the eligibility criteria and have an interest in working in a team as an integral part of their university syllabus.
- Register on ESA’s Education Office project portal. Your endorsing professor, as well as 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 an experiment proposal following the experiment proposal template. Please closely follow the instructions below.
- Ask your endorsing professor or academic supervisor to write a formal letter of endorsement in which he/she pledges his support to all the team members as well as your proposed project. More specifically, the endorsing professor or academic supervisor should clearly state that he/she supports the student’s application and that he/she accepts responsibility for their Spin 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 financially supported throughout the programme. If you are a citizen of an ESA Member* state, this is not necessary. Contact ESA’s Education Office for further details if necessary.
- Apply for the programme by uploading all the documents in a single zip file to the project portal.
- Read the condition to apply carefully, and familiarise yourself with the LDC documentation found in the list of documents.
Instructions for the experiment proposal
The experiment proposal should focus on the scientific and/or technological objectives of the project - what the teams intend to investigate and why - and on the technical details that explain how they are going to implement their experiment.
Prior to filling out the experiment proposal template teams should carry out some research of the scientific literature to see whether work has already been done on the same or similar topic. Literature references are essential in order to demonstrate that teams are fully informed about the current status of research in this field.
The experiment proposal must also explain the relevance of hypergravity to the project and - more particularly - the relevance of using the Large Diameter Centrifuge as a means of achieving its objectives. It should be noted that this facility offers a range of hypergravity levels from 1 to 20 g.
The applicants must also explain in full detail how the proposed experiment is related to their syllabus. They should indicate which academic projects they are involved in and how their proposed experiment would be relevant to these projects.
The text of the proposal should be comprehensible to scientists of various fields and engineers with a general scientific background.
Once the experiment proposal form is filled in all its parts, Upload it together with the letter of endorsement to the project portal.
Questions and contact details
If you have questions about the programme, please contact the Spin Your Thesis! team at: spinyourthesis @ esa.int. When sending an e-mail, please include a clear and concise subject title.
Questions and contact details
* ESA Member States in 2015
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Canada (Associate Member)
European Cooperating States
Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia