ESO Summer Research Programme


6th ESO Summer Research Programme

Garching, Germany
8 July - 16 August 2024


For six weeks in the summer of 2024, ESO will host the sixth Summer Research Programme. This fully-funded programme is an opportunity for university students interested in astronomy/astrophysics, who are not yet enrolled in a PhD programme, to obtain research experience alongside astronomers based at ESO Headquarters (HQ) in Garching, Germany.

We accept applications from promising university students from any country, although priority will be given to students from ESO Member States, Strategic Partners (Australia) and the Host State (Chile).

The Summer Research Programme will be hosted in Garching.

We are very excited to announce the successful applicants for the 2024 Summer Programme and the projects on which they will be working:


Lauren Mason (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Project AZooming into the environment around young protostars 

with Pooneh Nazari


Marta Święch (University of Wrocław, Poland)

Project B A cosmic dance: hunting the mysterious companion of a rapidly rotating classical Be star

with Jens Kammerer & Julia Bodensteiner


Lucas Ribeiro da Silva (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Project CApplying particle simulations to probe the environment around active black holes

with Xavier Rodrigues & Martina Karl


Marta Rey Montejo (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)

Project DThe most extreme environment of the Galaxy. Unveiling the metallicity of a young stellar cluster in the Galactic centre

with Francisco Nogueras Lara


Daniel Capela (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Project EUnfolding the intricate realm of a nascent protostar

with Marta De Simone, Luca Cacciapuoti, & Enrique Macias


Morgan Owen (Durham University, United Kingdom)

Project FStellar Secrets Unveiled: A Cosmic Odyssey into the Birth of Massive Stars

with Ashley Barnes, Giuliana Cosentino & Marta de Simone


Catalina Sáez Carvajal (University of Valparaíso, Chile)

Project GThe needle in a haystack: hunting for exocomets

with Julia Bodensteiner, Amelia Bayo & Giulia Roccetti


A detailed description of the projects is available here.

The Summer Research Program at ESO is an exceptional opportunity for students to work at an institute that is both the headquarters of the most productive observatory in the world and a top-class research organisation. People at ESO's HQ maintain a very active research community and are also designing and operating cutting-edge telescopes and their instruments including the VLTALMA, and the forthcoming ELT, which will be the world's biggest optical-near infrared telescope!  

The applicants can choose between a wide range of research projects, covering many areas of astronomy from planets to galaxies. The ESO Summer Research Programme will also provide opportunities beyond research, including a series of lectures, a mini-workshop, a planetarium visit, an ELT instrumentation visit, and many social activities. You should expect six weeks packed with new experiences, new networks and new friendships!

Travel costs to/from Garching will be covered for participants of the programme. Accommodation will be provided in a shared apartment in Garching (with electricity, heating and internet all included). Students will also be provided with a modest stipend to cover living costs during the programme. Successful students have the responsibility to acquire any required visas to spend six weeks working in Germany under these conditions.


ESO Blog articles on the 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 editions of the Summer Research Programme can be found hereherehere, and here.   

Previous editions of the ESO Summer Research Programme:

2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019.

For inquiries about the programme, please email