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Summer Research Internships in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Our internship programme gives undergraduates from around the world the opportunity to conduct research with the Gravity Exploration Institute over the summer vacation.

Successful applicants can typically spend up to eight weeks here in Cardiff conducting research with a group mentor.

It is open to undergraduates worldwide now completing their second, third or fourth year of study.

This programme is dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague Leonid Grishchuk, who for many years was an inspirational member of the Gravity Exploration Institute.

Research topics

Possible research topics include:

  • modeling binary black hole orbits and their gravitational wave emission
  • strong field tests of gravity
  • the development of techniques for detecting gravitational waves from supernovae or from the inspiral of neutron-star and black-hole binaries

Duration and fees

The duration is normally four to eight weeks, but the timescale is flexible based on mutual agreement of the applicant and their mentor.

The internships include a subsistence allowance of £275 per week.

How to apply

Applications must include the following:

  • an unofficial transcript (a copy of your course marks)
  • curriculum vitae
  • two reference letters, preferably sent separately by your references

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 February each year

Applications should be emailed to