Doctoral Exchange Fellowship

since 2011


The Institute of Astrophysics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica and the Department of Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg set up a joint Ph.D. degree program in astronomy and astrophysics based on the existing Ph.D. programs at both universities.

The program is intended to develop a lively exchange between the two university departments, offer seminars, summer schools, and symposia, as well as workshops at both universities, foster and develop new joint research projects and stimulate new inter-department programs. Graduate students from each university are offered an graduate student exchange fellowship in astrophysics to spend time working at the partner university. During that time the students will be full members of the research staff with all corresponding rights.

About the Exchange Program

The fellowships come with a 1-year stipend to cover living expenses, travel costs, and may include some funding to pay for page charges of peer-review journal articles. To apply for the PUC-HD Graduate Exchange Fellowship follow this link.

PUC-HD Exchange Fellows:

2011/12: Mauricio Carrasco from PUC, working with Matthias Bartelmann at ITA-Heidelberg on “Dark Matter Distribution in Massive Strong-Lensing Galaxy Clusters

2012/13: Jorge Gonzalez from PUC, working with Fabian Walter and Henrik Beuther at MPIA-Heidelberg on “Probing the Interstellar Medium in High-Redshift Galaxies by Studying the Role of Dust Emission in Star Formation

2013/14: Mirko Simunovic from PUC, working with Eva Grebel at ARI-Heidelberg on “Blue Straggler Star Populations in Milky Way Globular Clusters and the nearby Universe

2013/14: Cristina García from PUC, working with Joseph Hennawi at MPIA-Heidelberg on “QSO Environments at z~4

2016/17: Sebastian Stammler from HD, working with Jorge Cuadra at IA-PUC on “The Role of Ices in the Process of Planet Formation

2016/17: Felipe Garrido Goicovic from PUC, working with Volker Springel at HITS on “Infalling Clouds onto Supermassive Black Hole Binaries

2017/18: Yasna Ordenes Briceño from PUC, working with Eva Grebel at ARI on “Unveiling the Architecture of the Fornax Cluster with its Compact Stellar Systems

2017/18: Gergely Hajdu from PUC, working with Eva Grebel at ARI on “The 3D-Structure of the Inner Milky Way as told by its Cepheid Variables: The VVV Perspective”

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