Constraints for participants
Students who would like to participate in the Orbit Your Thesis! programme must comply with the following criteria at the time of the application:
- be aged between 18 and 32 (included) at the time of application;
- a citizen of an ESA Member state, Canada or Slovenia;
- a full-time master or PhD candidate in a university of an ESA Member state, Canada or Slovenia for the period of the experiment development and the time of the campaign;
- studying a scientific or engineering subject.
One important condition is that the experiment must be an integral part of at least one student's thesis. This can be achieved through a master's thesis, a PhD thesis, a research programme or any form of project supported by the applicant’s university.
At the time of the application, the student teams must be able to show ESA Education Office that they have their university’s support through a letter of endorsement from an endorsing professor or academic supervisor.
Teams must consist of a minimum of six students all of which must fulfil the eligibility criteria. At least six team members should comply with the condition of involvement in the syllabus (see above). The final number of team members that can personally assist and participate in the execution of the experiments (should the team be selected) will depend strictly on the requirements of the experiment itself and is subject to acceptance from the Selection Board.
The initial composition of the team cannot be changed throughout the programme. If, for exceptional reasons, changes are necessary, they will be subject to the approval of the ESA Education Office.
Experiments on vertebrates will not be accepted.
A particular experiment proposal can be submitted a maximum of two times to the 'Orbit your Thesis!' programme.
If two proposals are of equal quality, priority will be given to teams and/or projects that did not yet participate in another ESA Education Office’s programmes or for which the educational benefits are higher (e.g. number of students involved, relevance of the experiment for master or PhD graduation theses of one or more team members and scientific merit).
ESA Education reserves the right for final decision on participants allowed to be part of this programme. Submitted proposals will be evaluated on completion of all the relevant steps.
Please read the how to apply page carefully.
Please note that the conditions detailed above are subject to change without prior notice.
Last update: 2 April 2019