NRAO Summer Student Research Assistantships

The NRAO has conducted a summer student research program since 1959, with over 930 participants to date. Each NRAO summer student conducts research under the supervision of an NRAO staff member at one of three NRAO sites ( Socorro, New Mexico; Green Bank, West Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia), on a project in the supervisor’s area of expertise. The project may involve any aspect of astronomy, including original research, instrumentation, telescope design, astronomical site evaluation or astronomical software development.

Host Institution(s)

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (New Mexico, West Virginia, and Virginia)

Citizenship Requirements

See Eligibility and website for details.


Undergraduate students or graduating college seniors who are citizens, are from an accredited U.S. Undergraduate Program, or otherwise eligible to work in the United States. This program primarily supports students or research projects which do not meet the REU guidelines, such as graduating college seniors, some foreign undergraduate students, or projects involving pure engineering or computer programming.

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