While the Observatory is itself not a degree-granting institution, there are numerous opportunities for students to undertake both short-term and long-term research projects under AAO scientists in observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy and astronomical instrumentation.
- AAO Student Fellowships - opportunities exist for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10 - 12 weeks of paid research at the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
- Australian Gemini Undergraduate Summer Studentships - opportunities exist for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10 - 12 weeks of paid research at the Gemini South Observatory in Chile.
- PhD and Honours Research at the AAO - opportunities exist for undergraduate students in their final honours year, and for graduate students in PhD or MSc programs, to undertake research jointly supervised by AAO astronomers, and the faculty of their home institution. The AAO offers both AAO/Macquarie University Honours Scholarships as well as the AAO PhD Scholarship Scheme. Students can work with AAO astronomers in any of the areas of research interest ranging from extra-solar planets and brown dwarfs, to the large-scale structure & cosmology of the universe as revealed by the largest galaxy and quasar surveys yet undertaken, to the development of ground-breaking new instrumentation technologies.
Resources for StudentsHow to Write Observing Proposals : a Powerpoint97 presentation (272Kb) on how to present your brilliant research ideas in the best possible light.
AAO Observational Techniques Workhop : a workshop on optical/infrared techniques was held 17-20 April 2001. You can obtain copies of the presentations.