Frequently asked questions

Thank you for your interest in ESA. We welcome all questions and comments. However, due to the large volume of emails received, we cannot respond to every question or provide research assistance. Before emailing us, please browse the Frequently Asked Questions below to see if your query has already been answered.

Careers and training at ESA

How do I apply to be an astronaut?

How do I apply for a post at ESA?

How often are new jobs posted on your website?

Can I send an open application?

Can I receive automatic notification of new vacancy notices?

How long do vacancies remain posted on the site?

Will you confirm receipt of my application?

What happens to my online application?

Can I apply for more than one job at a time?

How many employees work at ESA worldwide?

Where are ESA staff located?

What are the working languages of the Agency?

I’m not a national of one of the Member States. Can I still apply?

Where can I find vacancies for a specific ESA establishment?

What is the difference between a permanent post and an advanced recruitment post?

What kind of working conditions and benefits can I expect?

The vacancy I am interested in states that the post is in the A2-A4 grade band. How does this translate into pay?

What is your policy on gender equality?

I am a high school/secondary school student and am looking for a summer job. What possibilities are there at ESA?

I am a high school/secondary school student and would like to be an astronaut. How should I proceed and what qualifications do I need?

I’ve recently graduated from university. Can I apply for a post at ESA?

What is the difference between the Spanish and Portuguese Trainee Programme and the Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) Programme?

I am a Spanish or Portuguese national, can I still apply for the YGT programme?

I am a university student. Can I carry out a placement at ESA as part of my degree course?

I have just obtained my PhD, can I carry out my research topic at ESA?

Which educational studies are most suitable for work at ESA?

Does ESA run any activities on space for students?

I need to speak to someone in ESA's Human resources department about jobs and/or training opportunities?

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