Welcome to the AstroMundus programme!

Call for Applications 2016

AstroMundus -- International Masters Course in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Application start: August 1st, 2016

Application deadline: November 30th, 2016

Course starting date: October 1st, 2017

Course duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)

Eligible candidates: Top-ranked students of any nationality (see exception below) with a certified good knowledge of English, who hold a recognized Bachelor's degree in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or closely related fields.

Funding: The programme is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. A limited number of Erasmus+:EMJMD scholarships and AstroMundus Consortium scholarships are available. Currently, 12 scholarships for non-EU ("Partner-Country") students and 5 scholarships for EU ("Programme-Country") students are foreseen (these figures may still change). There may be the possibility of additional partial scholarships, also depending on the outcome of the ongoing crowd-funding campaign aimed at financing additional scholarships for excellent students from under-privileged countries with limited access to advanced studies in astrophysics.


AstroMundus is an international Masters Course in Astronomy and Astrophysics that was selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course within the 2009-2013 edition of the Erasmus Mundus programme and has been recently approved for continuation as an Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme co-funded by the European Union.

The Masters course is open to students of all nationalities and is jointly offered by a Consortium of 5 Universities in 4 different countries:

  • the Institute of Astro- and Particle Physics, University of Innsbruck (Austria),
  • the Department of Physics and Astronomy "Galileo Galilei", University of Padova (Italy),
  • the Astrophysics section of the Department of Physics, University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (Italy),
  • the Institute for Astrophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Goettingen (Germany),
  • the Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade (Serbia),

with the participation of 4 associated research institutions

  • Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade (Serbia), 
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) - Gran Sasso Science Institute (L'Aquila, Italy), 
  • Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) - Astronomical Observatories of Padova and Rome (Italy),
  • Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Goettingen, Germany).

The programme has a duration of 2 years (120 ECTS credits) and is entirely taught in English.

The wide variety of expertise covered by our international partnership ensures an excellent educational level in all branches of Astrophysics.

We invite applications from top-ranked students of any nationality (see exception below) that either hold or are expected to obtain before August 2017 a Bachelor's Degree (or a recognized equivalent Degree that certifies a period of studies of at least 3 years, corresponding to 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics or closely related fields. A certified good knowledge of the English language is required.

Students selected for participation will carry out their studies in at least 2 and up to 4 of the AstroMundus consortium universities and will be finally awarded a Joint Master Degree (MSc), complemented with a Diploma Supplement, by all consortium universities they have studied at. The degree allows access to PhD programmes.

A number of scholarships are available for both European and non-European students. These are funded by the European Commission following the Erasmus+ scholarship scheme for Joint Masters Degrees and by the AstroMundus Consortium.

The selection of students is primarily based on excellence. Further details are available in the AstroMundus brochure and posters at:

Full information about the AstroMundus programme, the application form, and detailed instructions on how to apply can be found on the web-site: http://www.astromundus.eu

Applications are accepted until November 30th, 2016.

The contact e-mail for inquiries is: astromundus AT uibk.ac.at


Eligibility exception: Restriction for field of studies for nationals of DPRK.
Following the note of 07/10/2016 of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission about the Council of the European Union Decision (CFSP) 2016/849 of 27 May 2016, Chapter VIII, Article 30, this year we are not able to accept applications from nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).


AstroMundus -- Erasmus+:Eramsus Mundus Joint Masters Degree course in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Coordinating Institution: University of Innsbruck, Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Technikerstrasse 25/8, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and was previously funded by the Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009-2013. This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.