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PhD program


Our Ph.D. program is 4 years long and students are expected to start research activities during their first semester in one of the following research areas:

Planetary systems: extrasolar planets, high-contrast imaging, planet formation, protoplanetary disks, and laboratory astrophysics of cosmic dust.

Stellar and Galactic astronomy: galactic archeology, stellar spectroscopy, stellar evolution, and galactic transients.

Extragalactic astronomy: Active galactic nuclei, supernovae, extragalactic transients, submillimeter galaxies, and galaxy evolution in general.

The program started in 2019 and has been accredited by the National Commission of Accreditation for 3 years (maximum allowed for a new program), information on its structure can be found here. To inquire about possible opportunities for a Ph.D. at UDP please contact the director of the Ph.D. program Lucas Cieza (lucas.cieza[at]

Application process for Ph.D. 2021 now closed

(Deadline on October 15, 2020)

Applicants should have an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in Astronomy (or closely related fields), full-time commitment, and a good command of the English language.

Application material
a) Motivation letter (in English) indicating your reasons for applying to the Ph.D. program at UDP, research experience (if any), research interests, and career plans and goals. The letter should also indicate the preferred starting date (March or August). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty members best matching their research interests to learn more about possible research projects.

b) Curriculum Vitae.

c) Copy of undergraduate and/or graduate degrees (if already obtained).

d) Latest academic transcripts available.

e) A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

 For the program brochure: Go here

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