Opportunities for students
If you want to get more involved in space or are interested in working in the space sector, you can carry out further studies or join a space group. For more ideas about getting involved, see our ‘Learn More, Get Involved’ page in the Careers section.
Opportunities for secondary school students
Google Science Fair 2013: Submit a space-related project
The Google Science Fair is back for a third year! The global online science competition has already inspired and rewarded thousands of students aged 13 to 18 from around the world with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, scholarships and real-life work opportunities.
Last year two students from the UK reached the semi-final stage with their space-related project "Are magnetic fields a viable method for protecting manned space missions from solar weather?" If you have a space-related project idea why not submit it to the Google Science Fair 2013.
Deadline 30 April 2013.
Opportunities for university students
ESA Sponsorship for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013.
This year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will be held in Beijing from 23 – 27 September. The theme of the IAC is "Promoting Space Development for the Benefit of Mankind". The congress is a major meeting for space professionals and provides students with the opportunity to network with both these professionals and like-minded students from around the world. ESA’s Education Office is offering sponsorship to European students to both cover registration fees and to contribute towards travel and accommodation expenses. For more information on how to apply visit.
Deadline 30 April 2013.
General Sponsorship for Space Conferences.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is offering several scholarships for European students wishing to attend high-level space related conferences and workshops. The full list of conferences can be found on the ESA website. Visit the ESA website for details on how to apply for scholarships.
Join a space group
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s largest space enthusiast organisation for both school and university students. Anyone who is interested can become a member of UKSEDS, young or old, student or non-student.
The IAF, or International Astronautical Federation, is an international non-governmental and non-profit organisation that encourages the advancement of knowledge about space and its application for the benefit of humanity. It holds many different events including the annual International Astronautical Congress.
Attend a space school
The Alpbach Summer School covers aspects of space science and space technology for European graduates, post-graduate students, young scientists and engineers. This year the summer school’s theme is “Space Weather: Science, Missions and Systems” and will be held from 16 – 25 July.
The Scottish Space School at University of Strathclyde aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by highlighting the career and educational opportunities available to young people with an interest in science, engineering and technology. Places at the annual week-long space school are open only to S 5 pupils in Scottish schools. Applications for this year's space school are now closed and applications for next year's space school will reopen later this year.
Space School UK runs six and eight day residential courses at the University of Leicester during the summer holidays, aimed primarily at students who are preparing for GCSEs and A-levels and who have a strong interest in astronomy, space science and technology.
Space School UK (Ages 13 – 15 years) will be held from 28 July – 02 August 2013.
Space School UK (Ages 16 – 18 years) will be held from 04 – 11 August 2013.
The disciplines covered range from physics and astronomy to engineering and planetary science. While the courses include both lectures and practical activities, there is ample opportunity for socialising too. At Space School UK you are likely to make life-long friends and become part of the growing Space School alumni.
Opportunities are provided for students to meet space scientists and academics, as well as potential employers. Activities include underwater spaceflight simulation and sky-diving in a wind chamber, and students will spend a day at the National Space Centre.
Space school is currently sponsored by Astrium Ltd, the Ogden Trust and the UK Space Agency. Attendance is mainly from schools across the UK, although students from Denmark, Norway, Italy and Oman have also taken part in recent years.
For more information please visit the Space School UK website.
Studying about space at university
The UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK) lists the universities in the UK offering degrees in space-related subjects.
Post-graduate space science courses are offered at universities across the country.
The International Space University (ISU) provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. ISU’s core curriculum covers all disciplines related to space programmes and enterprises: space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. The UK Space Agency offers funding assistance via the UK Space Agency's ISU Scholarship scheme.