Visegrad Fund - International Astronomical Union Award

Student mobility programme for astronomy research projects

Cross-border cooperation across the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

Led by the IAU and partners in the V4 countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), the Visegrad Fund’s 30th anniversary is celebrated with the launch of a unique mobility scheme for BSc and MSc astronomy students, building cross-border cooperation across V4 countries which will bring research benefits to institutions, and regional and global recognition. Students have the opportunity to grow their research expertise and strengthen their career opportunities in astronomy and STEM. 2 cohorts of students selected across all 4 countries will undertake a summer research programme at a partner institution over the course of 18 months.

The partners in this project are university astronomy departments and research institutes in the V4 countries:

1. The Czech Republic
Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences / Astronomický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.

2. Hungary
Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences / Csillagászati és Földtudományi Kutatóko.

3. Poland
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń / Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu.

4. Slovakia
Comenius University in Bratislava / Univrzita Komenského v Bratislave.

The International Visegrad Fund is an international donor organization established by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). Its aim is to support closer understanding and cooperation among people in the V4 region, as well as between the V4 region and other countries and regions, particularly in the non-EU neighbourhood of the Eastern Partnership countries and in the Western Balkans. The fund fosters the development of civil society by financing joint grant projects and by awarding university scholarships and artist residencies.


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The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Credit header image: ESO/M. Zamani