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PhD program


The Ph.D. 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.

The program started in 2019, information on its structure can be found here. To inquire about possible opportunities for a PhD at UDP please contact the director of the PhD program Lucas Cieza (lucas.cieza[at]


Important dates
Applications are closed for 2019.

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 preferred starting date (March or August, 2019). 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.

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