The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce the “United Nations /European Space Agency Fellowship Programme on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES)” as part of the UNOOSA’s “Access to Space for All” Initiative and in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) as part of ESA.
The fellowship programme is aimed at providing opportunities for scientists and researchers with a team of students from Member States of the United Nations with particular attention to developing countries to conduct their own hypergravity experiment series at the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) facility located at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
The HyperGES is being supported by ESA, hosted by the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) as part of ESA, executed by UNOOSA, and implemented through strong collaboration among UNOOSA, ESA, ESTEC, potential applicants and their organizations from Member States of the United Nations.
One selected team in each cycle will spend one to two weeks at the ESA’s largest centre, ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to conduct on-site experiment integration and perform hypergravity experiment series on the Large Diameter Centrifuge facility, which allows samples to be exposed to acceleration forces of 1-20 times Earth’s gravity. The required actual duration for the selected team to stay in Noordwijk depends on the complexity of the experiment, the proposed experiment schedule, and the negotiation with ESTEC experts.
EXPECTED PROFILE OF APPLICANTS
Heads of research institutions or groups, who are university/institution professors or postdoctoral researchers, with a team of Bachelor, Master and/or Ph.D. students.
NUMBER OF SELECTED APPLICANTS
One academic supervisor (Team Leader – Prof./PhD) with several students, who are all from Member States of the United Nations with particular attention to developing countries. However, only up to four team members, including supervisor, can be funded by UNOOSA and ESTEC, in which case the supervisor shall indicate the names of four team members to be funded in their application forms.
Completed application forms both in PDF format (.pdf) and in MS WORD (.doc), together with the Letter of Endorsements in PDF format should be submitted to UNOOSA via email to Mr. Aimin Niu ( firstname.lastname@example.org), Programme Officer at UNOOSA by the deadline; 30th of November, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications after selection.
For further information regarding the Fellowship Programme and applications, please visit UNOOSA website