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Entry level and research programmes

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ESA offers a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate students including both Master’s and PhD researchers. Discover how to take part in ESA’s missions and projects as a student or recent graduate.

University students and graduates

There are four different programmes open to students and recent graduates who are national of one of the ESA Member States or Cooperating States:

  • Internships are available while you are still studying.
  • The Young Graduate Trainee Programme is for students who are about to graduate from a Master’s level course, or for those who have recently graduated.
  • National Trainee Programmes are similar to the Young Graduate Trainee programme and are run by several national governments, also targeting those who are either about to graduate, or have recently graduated, with a Master’s degree.
  • Researchers can apply for ESA to co-fund space-related PhD and post-doc research activities.
  • Post docs can apply to the Research Fellowship Programme.


From outside Europe?

If you are not a national of one of the ESA Member States or Cooperating States, there are opportunities to work directly with ESA in the European space industry. Check the Business with ESA industry portal for details and for a list of small and medium enterprises which do business with us.

Still at school or college?

You’re never too young to be part of ESA! Check out the ESA Academy page for students, ESA Education for teachers, and the ESA Kids website for the very youngest.

What is it like to work at ESA?

Learn everything you need to know about working life at the European Space Agency.

ESA Establishments

The European Space Agency has eight sites across Europe and a launch site in French Guiana.
Learn more about ESA establishments.

Learn more about ESA’s programmes and Missions
Still have questions? Maybe you can find the answers in our  FAQs.

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