Aug 7 2020 Update: The IPAC Visiting Graduate Program will be on hiatus for 2021, as student visits to IPAC may not be possible due to COVID-19 related uncertainties. The program is expected to resume in 2022. We thank you for your interest in research at IPAC and wish you well during these challenging times.
Established in 2013, the IPAC Visiting Graduate Fellowship (VGF) offers several six-month positions to graduate students who want to conduct PhD-level astronomical research in close association with IPAC scientists. Students from U.S. institutions gain applicable research experience with leaders in the scientific areas of exoplanets, galactic and extra-galactic studies, stellar formation, cosmology, and more.
If selected, you will enjoy the following benefits of being an IPAC Visiting Graduate Fellow:
Visiting Graduate Fellows work at the IPAC office on the California Institute of Technology campus in Pasadena, California. The program duration is nominally February to August, with some flexibility on the start and end dates, during which a monthly stipend is provided. The exact number of fellowships awarded each year is decided based on available funding.
The call for 2021 applications is now open. Applications are due by 4pm PDT August 21, 2020.
The Visiting Graduate Program's highest value is the participation of our students in person. The 2021 program will be assessed later in the fall to understand how the Covid-19 situation affects this option.
Eligible applicants must fulfill all of the following requirements:
Each applicant must submit:
In addition, we ask that a current professor or academic advisor familiar with the applicant’s work upload a letter of reference (PDF) using this page. This letter should also indicate that the applicant is available to visit IPAC during the proposed period, and address how well the visit would mesh with the applicant’s graduate education.
Questions? Please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Patrick Lowrance, lowrance [at] ipac.caltech.edu