Oxford Astrophysics Summer Research Programme 2020

Students will work with a supervisor in the department, usually a postdoctoral researcher or lecturer, on a self-contained research project. There will also be some lectures on current astrophysics topics.

The projects run for typically 8 weeks, nominally 1st July through till the end of August. The duration may be adjusted to be shorter or longer, or to accommodate summer travel. Students will be paid as employees of the University, receiving a gross salary of approximately £300 per week (subject to tax and National Insurance deductions). 75% of the salary due for the entire project will be advanced during the first week, and the rest will be paid after completion of the project. The project is full-time but hours can be discussed with your supervisor.


Students currently in the second or third year of a relevant undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. Students who have completed a 3-year undergraduate degree and are now taking a taught Masters course are also eligible, as long as they are not in their final year. Applications are welcome from institutes outside of Oxford. Unfortunately, due to UK visa regulations, we are only able to accept applications from candidates within the EU.

How to apply

We anticipate taking about 4 students. You should email a one-page-only application, in pdf format, to the Graduate Administrator ([email protected]) by Friday 6th March 2020, with 'Summer intern application' in the subject line. Students should ask for a short academic reference letter to be emailed to the above email address by the same date. Offers will be made in March.

On your 1-page application please nominate 3 projects that take your interest, stating order of preference. Please tell us why you are interested in the programme and why you are interested in your nominated projects. Your 1-page application should also include your contact details, your year and course, a summary of your undergraduate exam results so far, and contact details (including email) of your academic referee. Please also mention any computer programming experience and any previous research experience. Please note that applications longer than 1 page will not be considered.
You are encouraged to informally contact the supervisor(s) to find out more details about the projects that interest you. For any administrative queries, contact Ashling Gordon on [email protected]


Antonio Duduianu

Antonio is currently studying towards a MEng in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath.

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