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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, galactic transients, compact objects, black holes.

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 Paula Jofré (paula.jofre[at]

Application process for Ph.D. 2023 now accepting

Deadline September 24, 2023.

Applicants should have an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in Astronomy (or closely related fields), full-time commitment, and should be fluent in English, which is the official language of the program.

Application material1. A motivation letter indicating the reasons for applying to the Ph.D. program at UDP, research experience (if any), research interests, and career plans and goals (two pages maximum). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty members best matching their research interests to learn more about possible research projects.

2. A curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum).
3. A copy of undergraduate and/or graduate degrees or a letter from University official indicating expected graduation date.
4. A copy of undergraduate academic transcripts (graduate transcripts too, if available).
5. A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommenders to [email protected] by September 24 2023.

All application materials must be submitted by September 24 through this form:
Letters of recommendation must be sent to [email protected] by the recommenders by September 24.

Financing: Scholarships (including tuition and stipend) are available from a number of different sources.

Important dates:

– Applications due:  September 24, 2023.

– Results announced: Around the last week of October 2023.

– Starting dates:  March or August 2024.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

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