Funding is available for students’ travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses related to the REXUS/BEXUS programme. A maximum of four students from each participating SNSA/ESA team can be sponsored by ESA’s Education Office per event (for some events ESA may only sponsor one or two students as required).
Sponsored events may include: two formal experiment reviews, integration events (REXUS only), the launch campaign and a results symposium.
In order to be eligible for sponsorship, the following criteria must be fulfilled(*):
- aged minimum 18 years old. ESA Academy and relevant partners will only appraise applications from students who have no or limited professional experience in relevant scientific, engineering or other space-related topics;
- be a citizen of an ESA Member State, Canada, Latvia or Slovenia;
- be enrolled as Bachelor, Master, or PhD student studying, or researching a subject which is related to the programme, at an academic institute providing higher education (e.g. a university) in an ESA Member State, Canada, Latvia or Slovenia.
(*) It is noted that the criteria must be entirely met at the time of the application, and in principle throughout the execution of the project, in order to be eligible for sponsorship. In certain cases student team members who recently graduated around the time of the project completion (e.g. experiment campaign) may still benefit from sponsorship, subject to ESA agreement.
Students who do not meet the sponsorship criteria may still be able to attend the events under their own funding, as long as the minimum team requirements are also met (see How to Apply).
Each SNSA/ESA team applying must be supported by one of their professors or academic supervisors, whose role will be to supervise the work of the students. This person must belong to the same institution as at least one of the students and will be expected to support the team in their efforts to develop and deliver the experiment. For the application, the endorsing professor or academic supervisor has to provide a Letter of Endorsement. After the selection of the team, the professor or academic supervisor, along with the team leader, will have to complete and sign an acceptance letter.
Technical experts from ESA, SSC, ZARM and DLR will provide training, carry out design reviews and offer technical support and guidance to student teams throughout the project.
In addition to this, the support of an experienced engineer or scientist from a suitable field will be offered to each SNSA/ESA team following the PDR. The mentor will follow the integration and testing phase, offering advice on the functional aspects of the experiment in order to assist the team in meeting their scientific or technical objectives.
Please note that the conditions detailed above may be subject to change without prior notice.