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Six PhD Fellowships at IAC in Astronomical Research

Six PhD Fellowships at IAC in Astronomical Research

The IAC (Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for SIX PhD fellowships in Astrophysics.

  • Astrophysical Research (5 contracts)
  • Astrophysical Instrumentation (1 contract)

Candidates can only apply to one of the specialities (1 or 2). In case the speciality 2 didn’t reach a final selected candidate, there will be six contracts for speciality 1.

The research topics pursued at the IAC include most areas of Astrophysics: Solar Physics, Planetary Systems, Stellar and Interstellar Physics, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Milky Way and Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.

These are supported by an ambitious instrumentation programme. The IAC has been selected as a “Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence” in research by the Spanish Government. Further information about the IAC's research programme, its Observatories and the 10.4 m telescope GTC is available on the IAC's website (

The successful candidates will work at the IAC's headquarters in La Laguna, (Tenerife) in a stimulating research environment. They will be expected to join one of the IAC's research groups and work towards obtaining a PhD.


To be considered, applicants must have a degree in Physics or Mathematics or speciality 1 and Physics or Engineering for speciality 2.

The degree must satisfy the admission requirements of the University of La Laguna (ULL) PhD Programme in astrophysics, in which the student must register. The ULL requirements are satisfied by applicants with an MSc, as well as by those students with an Undergraduate Degree who have already obtained at least 300 credits (ETCs) of which at least 60 credits should correspond to an MSc Degree (other ways to fulfil the ULL requirements are possible; see the ULL website for details).

The candidates must satisfy the admission requirements by the deadline of this call.

Non-UE citizens

If you are a citizen of a country not belonging to the European Union, you can apply for this position, but if selected, you will not be able to sign the contract with the IAC until you have obtained the compulsory documentation required to live and work in Spain (NIE card). First of all contact your nearest Spanish Consulate and find out what documentation you need to apply for a Visa. The IAC will do all that it can to assist you in the process of obtaining your residence permit so that you can take up your PhD studentship as soon as possible.

How to apply

To apply use our online application system,, including uploads and supporting documents and up to three Referee contact information.

ALL of the required documentation MUST be presented by the application deadline. Applications submitted after the closing date, as well as those which do not include the mandatory application form (Annex I), will not be taken into consideration.

Questions regarding the position should be addressed to the Secretariat of the Graduate Students Division (secens at

The general conditions of the contracts can be found in the official announcement at

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