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UNOOSA Fellowship Programme in Germany [Deadline : March 31, 2017]

UNOOSA Fellowship Programme for “Drop Tower Experiment Series” (DropTES) in Germany, 2017

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to offer Fellowship Programme for “Drop Tower Experiment Series” (DropTES) to study in Germany. The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from entities that are Member States of the United Nations.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. UNOOSA serves as the secretariat for the General Assembly’s only committee dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

Degree Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research.

Available Subject: The fellowship programme offers a selected research team the opportunity to conduct its own microgravity experiments at the Bremen Drop Tower. The series of experiments will consist of four drops or catapult launches during which approximately 5 or 10 seconds of microgravity, respectively, are produced.

Scholarship Benefits: The selected research team will be offered financial support exclusively for travel purposes. This may include the provision of a round-trip air ticket between the participants’ international airport of departure and Bremen, Germany. En-route expenses or any changes made to the air ticket must be the responsibility of the participants.

In this context it has to be noted that the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs will not bear the expenses for the preparation, transport and shipping as well as insurance of the experiment. Funding to cover these costs must be obtained separately, through private means or through national or international institutions. Applicants and their nominating organizations are therefore strongly encouraged to find additional sources of sponsorship.

The drops or catapult launches are sponsored by DLR Space Administration. Technical Support provided by ZARM is included in those drops or catapult launches and therefore free of charge.

For the stay of the research team in Bremen, ZARM will provide free of charge its on-site apartment, which has two separate cabins, a bathroom and a common kitchen. The ZARM apartment can accommodate upto four people.

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

  • The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from entities that are Member States of the United Nations. Teams should consist of up to four Bachelor, Master and/or PhD students who must be endorsed by an academic supervisor.
  • It is further required that the proposed experiment be an integral part of the students’ syllabuses, that is, part of a Bachelor thesis, a Master thesis, a PhD thesis, or another form of research project associated with the applicants’ studies at the respective university.

Nationality: Fellowship is awarded to applicants from Member States of the United Nations.

Entrance Requirements: The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from entities that are Member States of the United Nations.

How to Apply: The fully completed the above application form, properly endorsed by the applicant’s institution, should be emailed to hsti-droptes-at-unoosa.org both in PDF format (.pdf) containing the signature page, and in MS WORD (.doc), no later than 31 March 2017. Please note that our email accounts only accept emails with a size limit of up to 10 MB.

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