United Nations/European Space Agency Fellowship Program on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES)2022

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Every UN member state.
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 41871

Opportunity Description

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) promotes international collaboration in the peaceful use and exploration of space and the utilization of space science and technology for long-term economic and social development. The Office assists any UN Member State in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities. It strengthens developing countries’ capacity to use space science technology and applications for development by assisting in integrating space capabilities into national development programs. The United Nations / European Space Agency Fellowship Program on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES) is a fellowship program offered by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). It gives scientists and researchers from the United Nations Member States, focusing on developing nations, the opportunity to undertake a series of hypergravity experiments at the LDC facility at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Brief Details

Offered by: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
Open to: Every UN member state.
Deadline: November 18, 2022.
Host country: Netherlands
Duration: Approximately one year following the deadline of applications.
Language of the program: English

Eligibility criteria

  • Each team should have one academic supervisor (Prof./Ph.D., not a student) and numerous Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D.
  • The planned experiment must also be an intrinsic element of the students’ syllabuses, that is, part of a Bachelor thesis, Master thesis, Ph.D. thesis, or any research project related to the applicants’ studies at their respective institutions.
  • The exact number of team members who will engage in the experiment on-site at the LDC facility is determined solely by the experiment’s requirements. It is subject to approval by the HyperGES Fellowship Programme’s Selection Board. The Board maintains the right to adjust or limit the size of the squad.
  • Team members from the same institution may only submit one Letter of Endorsement from that institution.
  • The students’ work will be supervised by the applying academic supervisors (Team Leader). This individual must be affiliated with at least one of the students and will be required to support the whole project.
  • application (containing the experiment concept and team composition) by signing the application form, managing the team’s development process, and bearing accountability for the experiment’s execution

In addition to the Team Leader’s endorsement of the application form, each Team Member (Team Leader and each student) must be able to establish that they have the backing of their respective universities through a Letter of Endorsement from their schools when obtaining the Letter of Endorsement, complete application forms should be given to different universities.

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Selection Criteria

  1. The scientific and technological value of the proposed experiment.
  2. The relevance of hypergravity in the proposed experiment.
  3. The relevance of the LDC utilization in the proposed experiment.
  4. The general feasibility of the proposed experimental setup and procedure.
  5. The involvement of the proposed experiment in the students’ syllabuses.
  6. The availability of financial resources to support t development, preparation, transportation, and shipping experiment.
  7. The organization realizes the planned research project.
  8. The communication and dissemination plan.
  9. The overall presentation of the experiment proposal.
  10. the link between the project and the Sustainable Development Goals. Inclusiveness (e.g., in the case of proposals with the same score, the shares of men and women in the teams will be compared. The proposal with higher participation of women will rank higher).

Required Documents

Applicants must consult the following papers when preparing their applications and experiments:

  • LDC main features summary.
  • LDC Experimenter User Manual.
  • Technical constraints.
  • Examples of past experiments.
  • Expression of interest.

Application Procedure

Prospective applicants can join the online webinar regarding this fellowship which will be held on Thursday, ay 23 June 2022, 10:30-11:30 am and 4:00-5:30 pm CEST, via the following link.

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To learn more, kindly visit HyperGES’ official website

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