ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 27 Sep 2023

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Call for Applications for the European Space Agency's Research Fellowships in Space Science.


Research Fellowships in Space Science (SCI) can be located at any of the following institutes:

  • European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain
  • European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
  • ESA office at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Your mission

ESA's postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out independent research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. ESA Research Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at the forefront of space science and experience first-hand how ESA works with communities across its Member States to maximise the scientific return from our missions.

Research Fellowships in Space Science offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA's endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe in the fields of heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics.

Who can apply

Applicants should have recently completed or be close to completing their PhD in a technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with up to five years of relevant experience after the PhD.

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented Member States


ESA Research Fellow contracts have a maximum duration of three years. Projects initially last two years and are frequently extended to a third year upon submission of a dedicated proposal.

How to apply

Detailed information specific to the Science Fellowships can be found on the following site:

Closing date for applications 18 September 2023 23:59 CET/CEST.

What we offer

A stimulating and inspiring working environment is just one of the benefits of working at ESA. Other advantages include competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, and comprehensive health coverage. More information about the terms and conditions of ESA Research Fellowships can be found on our careers website .

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability, or other characteristics. Applications from female scientists are encouraged.

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