Research Fellowships in Space Science 


Join us to be at the forefront of unveiling the mysteries of our Solar System and the Universe!


ESA's postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. 

Research Fellowships in Space Science specifically offer the opportunity to explore our Solar System and Universe encompassing the fields of heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics. ESA 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 the Member States to maximise the scientific return from our missions.

In the sections below you can find detailed information about the fellowship programme and the application process. Further questions are answered in the FAQ that also includes links to interviews with some of the former fellows.



Programme description for 2024


The Call is expected to open in late Augsut with a deadline in mid-September.

The latest information on the 2024 Call can be found on this page. The application portal will open for submissions in late August and we will provide a link to the portal then.




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Further clarifications, tips and hints are given in the Science Fellowship FAQ.



For further inquiries, feel free to contact the Head of the Science Research Fellowship Programme.

The Space Science Faculty Directory lists all the members and their interests.

To contact any person by email, please use the address given on their profile page, or use:

Current Space Science Research Fellows will be happy to share any experience with you. You can also read shot project descriptions from fellows hired in the previous years: 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.