NASA Academy 2012 opportunities

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8 December 2011

ESA is sponsoring students from ESA Member and Cooperating States to attend the 2012 NASA Academy at Ames Research Center in California, USA from 13 June to 25 August 2012.

Through the International Space Education Board (ISEB), established by NASA, ESA, JAXA and CSA (with CNES as a member), 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 8 January 2012 (midnight CET). The results of the selection process will be announced in March 2012.

How to Apply

The application process for European students wishing to attend the NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (ARC) has now opened. 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-hand side).

    Please note that the following projects listed on the Academy website are not available for 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 materials (specified within the form) in Word or PDF format (see link on the right-hand side).
  3. Submit all the documents in (2) to the Student participation programme in a single email no later than 8 January 2012 (midnight 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 national 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 currently a final year undergraduate student (and entering their first year as a graduate student in autumn 2012) or a first year graduate student (ie. Master/PhD student entering their second year in autumn 2012) with a major in engineering, science (physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, earth science, etc), math, computer science or other area of interest to the aerospace program.

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.

* ESA Member States in 2012
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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