Application & grants

Each student applying to the graduate program AStroParis is required to present a research & education project. To prepare this project, students are asked to identify the majors they intend to choose. Before being validated, the relevance and coherence of the project are tested by the teaching team of AStroParis and modulations can be proposed.

Recruiting standard

Selection for the graduate program is made on the basis of
- Quality and feasibility of the proposal.
- Academic or professional record.
- Personal qualifications.
- Relevance and consistency of the research project.

Applicants should pay attention to
- the adequacy of the previous trainings to the requirements of the proposed training,
- the quality of research project ; we expect a student to have a good analysis of the proposed training offer and use it to build a coherent research training path. With a solid personal project, a student can build a Master with the various expertise required to arm his research project.
- the future prospects towards which the student projects himself.

These three criteria illustrate how your educational trajectory is constructed in a relevant way
- past : valorization of the initial training ;
- present : optimal exploitation of resources provided by the graduate program ;
- future : adequacy between your objectives and your skills gained through the graduate program

Application form

The application form will be available soon ; you can prepare it with the following elements
- Full CV including usual biographical data
- Academic transcripts
- Education and research program, with

  • summary : field of study ; concise description of the what, where, and why of the proposed project ; brief description of career and/or educational plans following the AStroParis grant.
  • the detailed program for your year(s) with AStroParis (2-3 pages). Develop an intellectually-compelling and feasible project or justification for pursuing a graduate degree program ; pay attention to show how your academic and personal skill can be used for the project, and how they will evolve for building your education/research/professional program.
  • two recommendation letters, to be directly sent to the head of the program  ; please indicate the names and function of the persons to whom you have asked for a letter of recommendation.

Research projects

All competitive projects in astrophysics conducted in PSL are used as a support for the training.

Grants

All students of the graduate program can apply to competitive fundings :
- Internship and gap year grants to bring the students’ training closer to the research activity in the laboratories ;
- Outgoing mobility grants to gain an international experience ;
- Incoming mobility grants to strengthen international partnerships ;
- Scientific incentive credits to initiate projects of various kinds

Typical grants (as of October 2019)
- Outgoing/incoming mobility : monthly living stipend of xxx €, a round-trip airfare, and the tuition coverage for the graduate program.
- Gap year : monthly living stipend of xxx €,
- Internship : monthly living stipend following the French regulation (xxx €).

Gender policy

The rate of female student applying for and following the Master SUTS in astrophysics is relatively low, around 20%. At the same time, the rate of women undertaking a PhD in astrophysics in the doctoral school AAIF reaches up to 25 to 40%, depending on the specialty. But later on, the rate of women applying for and starting their career in astrophysics with a full position, both within PSL and at the national level, drops down to about 20%. The latter figure used to be steady and around 30%, some twenty years ago. This is a huge drop. It clearly highlights that correction measurements ought to be achieved. Some are starting to be applied, for instance by CNRS, at Universities and in some Observatories, with noticeable but insufficient results. The graduate program aims at pursuing these efforts as efficiently as possible, with the to raise these figures at least to their former level.

In practice we aim to effectively train more women through research. To reach this goal, we will use different ways :
- Most important, the graduate program AStroParis is constructed in order to bring the most efficient qualities for ensuring a successful professional future, since a reason explaining the low percentage of women in astrophysics derives from the fact that a permanent position in academic research is typically gained after 4 years of post-doc positions).
- Second, implicit and hidden biases causing gender inequality have to be corrected : many studies explain these numerous biases and indicated convenient ways to correct them.
- Identifying these biases is required to, third, propose fair gender neutral criteria for any steps of the university studies (admission, grants, follow-up committee, recommendation letters).
- The program AStroParis, offering an education through astrophysical research based on the gain of methodological and professional skills, is constructed in order to ensure equal opportunities.

Useful links (in French)
- Equal opportunities academic research
- Wowen career

Useful documents (in English)

Gender equality
Prevention of sexual harassment



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