Frequently Asked Questions
For practical questions, take a look at the Travel and Lodging section, where we've added a PDF with useful practical information.
Who is this summer school for?
The target group for this school are graduate students pursuing a degree in astrophysics, with a BSc degree in physics and/or astrophysics (note that we will consider well-motivated exceptions on a case-by-case basis, such as early-stage postdocs wishing to change research area). If you are an early-career researcher with an interest in pursuing theory, but you have had only limited experience or access to resources please consider applying.
I have very little computational background. Should I apply?
As long as you have a basic comfort level with linux and coding/scripting, you are strongly encouraged to apply.
I have a physics background, but no formal training in astronomy. Should I apply?
Yes, we will accept students with a BSc degree in physics or astrophysics.
I am uncomfortable working in groups with people I don’t know. Should I still apply?
The summer school prioritizes a supportive, collaborative, and diverse learning environment, so students will work together during hand-on sessions and strengthen their team-working capabilities. Students will receive additional individual support when necessary.
What is the approximate cost of the school?
We are still working out the budget but the fee for the school will be ~1000-1500€, which will include: 2 weeks of housing in a student dorm room with access to a kitchen, a bicycle rental or public transport card, lunch and coffee breaks, conference dinner, social event.
Is there travel support available?
We anticipate having limited funding available to help with fees and in a few cases travel, as well as expenses related to dependent care. If you would like to apply for financial support, please indicate that in the application form (you will be asked to provide a letter from your advisor/mentor stating your financial need). Unfortunately we have very limited support funds, so please use this option only if you really need it. The selection procedure for attendance will be need-blind; this information will help us figure out whom to support from the accepted participants.
What is the timeline for hearing if my application is accepted?
You can expect to hear by March 15
What am I expected to bring to the school?
A laptop (please let us know if you do not have access to one and we will try to accommodate that).
Check back for additional items as the date nears.