Training Opportunities


The application for Trainee Opportunities in 2021 is now open !!!

Please remember to submit your application before the 10th December 2020.


In view of the current situation with regards to the COVID-19, all the 2021 traineeships will be in principle carried out remotely, from the place of residence. Only in the very exceptional cases of Lab related activities it will be authorised for the traineeship to be undertaken on site.






Who can apply?

  • To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, 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. Canada is a Cooperating State and Slovenia is an associate member. Other EU states also have Cooperation Agreements with ESA, such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Malta. Latvia and Slovakia are participating in the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS). Studying in an ESA member state does not contribute to your eligibility for an ESA traineeship.

  • Applicants should be in the last few years of their Bachelors degree or be studying a Master's degree. You need to at least be a student (either undergradute or Master's student) when you apply. For recent graduates, we refer you to the ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme and the ESA National Trainee scheme. For PhD and Post-docs, we refer you to the Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP) and the ESA Research Fellowships.


  • Traineeships last from three to six months.

  • Traineeships are unpaid, however, a monthly allowance of €600 for non-residents and €300 for residents is granted. A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment. The non-resident allowance will also be granted to students with special needs, irrespective of their residency status.

  • Trainees have to provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.

  • Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation.

Further information on ESA Trainee Programmes can be found here.

How to apply

To see the descriptions of this year projects please go here.

Applications are accepted through an online application form, is available here.

You will be contacted shortly after the deadline if you have been invited for an interview. Due to the current restrictions with regards to the COVID-19 this time there will be no interview day organised at ESAC. All the interviews will be carried out remotely, where you will have the opportunity to talk to each tutor of the projects of your interest.

How to get to ESAC

Instructions on how to get to ESAC can be found here (in English), here (in Spanish), and also on the XMM-Newton pages.

Additional Information

Each year between twenty to thirty projects are advertised. All project durations are between a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. The types of projects we offer are astrophysics, engineering, IT, instrumentation, education projects etc (all ESAC activities).  

See the following for the types of projects advertised in previous years: 

The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Student Placement scheme and is organised and funded by ESAC Human Resources and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and the ESA Education Office.