Applying for ESO

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released the Call for Proposals for Period 102 (for observations between 1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019). Under the terms of the Strategic Partnership between ESO and Australia, Australian-based astronomers have access to the facilities of the La Silla and Paranal Observatories, specifically the:

  • 3.6-m telescope (3p6);
  • New Technology Telescope (NTT);
  • Very Large Telescope (VLT);
  • Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI);
  • Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA); and
  • VLT Survey Telescope (VST).

The proposal deadline is Wednesday 28 March 2018 at noon Central European Summer Time (9pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

All applicants should consult the Call for Proposals document for Period 102 document, and will require an ESO User Portal account to submit proposals. Also, check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions about ESO, from the "FAQ" tab above.


ESO Community Days 2017

ITSO and ESO hosted a series of ESO Community Days in major capital cities around Australia in the lead-up to the Period 101 proposal deadline. Presentations by Dr Rob Ivison (ESO Director for Science) on "Current Facilities and Future Perspectives", and Dr Ferdinando Patat (Head of the ESO Observing Programs Office) on "Time Allocation at ESO" are available.