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Student Opportunities


TAURUS: A Summer Research Experience
The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with McDonald Observatory is pleased to announce that it will host its first annual summer undergraduate research experience for undergraduate astronomy and/or physics students in the summer of 2016. TAURUS, or Texas Astronomy: University Research experience for Undergraduate Students, is a nine week program that will introduce undergraduate students to basics of astronomical research through individually designed projects and one-on-one mentorship.


Application Deadline: February 15, 2016


University of the Azores Summer Course on Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents, and Life
The course, co-organized by the European Astrobiology Campus and COST Action Origins and Evolution of Life in the Universe, aims to give participants a thorough introduction into influence of volcanism, plate tectonics on life and the role of hydrothermal vents in the origin of life. The school will include lectures, field trips, a poster session, and participant-led discussions. The school runs from August 23–September 1.


Application Deadline: March 15, 2016


Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships - Summer 2016

The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide promising students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation's capital, under the aegis of the Space Science Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The summer 2016 program is only open to undergraduates. The deadline for applications is February 5. Candidate(s) selected for will be contacted no later than March 4.


Application Deadline: February 5, 2016


Conferences (2016)


The Astrophysics of Planetary Habitability
February 8–12, 2016
Vienna, Austria
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 18, 2015
Early Registration Deadline: December 17, 2015


47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
March 21–26, 2016
The Woodlands, TX, USA
Abstract Deadline: January 12, 2016


International Venus Conference 2016
April 4–8, 2016
Oxford, UK
Abstract Deadline: January 22, 2016

VEXAG Student Travel Grants


European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
April 17–22, 2016
Vienna, Austria
Abstract Deadline: January 13, 2016


The 23rd Young Scientists' Conference on Astronomy and Space Physics
April 25–30, 2016
Kyiv, Ukraine
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016


Scientific Ballooning Technologies Workshop
May 9–11, 2016
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus
Abstract Deadline: April 8, 2016


Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016
May 22–26, 2016
Chiba, Japan
Abstract Deadline: February 3, 2016 (advance submission); February 20, 2016 (final submission)


5th Annual CubeSat Workshop
May 24–25, 2016
Oxford, UK
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2016


13th International Planetary Probe Workshop
June 13–17, 2016
John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD
Abstract Deadline: March 24, 2016
Student Scholarship Deadline: March 31, 2016
This meeting also offers an associated Short Course on Venus Science, Technology, and Mission Architectures on June 11–12 


Goldschmidt 2016
June 26–July 1, 2016
Yokohama, Japan
Abstract Deadline: February 26, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: April 26, 2016
Standard Registration Deadline: May 26, 2016


Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016 Meeting
July 24–28, 2016
Columbus, Ohio
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 8, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: June 13, 2016
Student Travel Award Deadline: February 8, 2016

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships


The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, exploration systems, lunar science, astrobiology, or astrophysics. Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
NASA Postdoctoral Program


Venus Opportunities


Department of Applied Geology Program at Curtain University in Australia 

The Geoscience Atom Probe facility and Department of Applied Geology at Curtin University is offering up to three international or domestic PhD scholarships (plus stipend) related to the development and application of atom probe microscopy of geological materials. The PhDs will form part of a major research initiative, the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility (ARCF), to develop new technologies for geoscience research. The initiative represents a major collaborative investment by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, Curtin University, the CSIRO and the University of Western Australia. 


Application Deadline: November 30, but candidates may be considered after this date if suitable applications are not received by the deadline.


University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Funding is available for two grad students and one postdoc to start at the University of Victoria during 2016. These positions include work on a variety of projects under the umbrella of the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere and planetary atmospheres. This includes palaeoclimate, evolution of the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, comparative planetology and habitability, co-evolution of life and the environment on Earth, and related topics. More information is at Interested students should contact Dr. Colin Goldblatt at with a copy of their CV, transcripts, and a brief statement of interests. 


PhD Position on Venus Clouds and Climate
A fully funded 4-year PhD position is available at the Technological University of Delft in the Netherlands. Within this project, Venus’ clouds and hazes will be studied using flux and polarization observations by instruments aboard ESA’s Venus Express mission. 


Applicants should send a CV and a letter of motivation to: Dr. Daphne Stam ( and Dr. Loic Rossi (


Application Deadline: February 26, 2016