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Institution NameDepartment NameInstitution CountryInstitution State/ProvinceProgram URLDegrees OfferedFields of Research Related to Solar PhysicsPotential Faculty AdvisorsGeneral GRE Required?Subject GRE Required?Fall Application DeadlineURL to Admission InformationFunding InformationContact PersonContact EmailAdditional Information
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United States Programs
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Catholic University of AmericaPhysicsUnited StatesMaryland
http://physics.catholic.edu/academics/graduate
MS, PhD
Solar Physics, Space Plasma Physics, Heliophysics, Magnetospheric Physics, Space Weather
Vadim Uritsky, Robert RobinsonYesNo
July 01 (foreign students); July 15 (domestic students)
http://physics.catholic.edu/admission/graduate
TA for 1-2 years, RA at NASA/Goddard
Vadim Uritskyuritsky@cua.edu
PhD research in solar and space physics is conducted in close collaboration with the Heliophysics Division at NASA/Goddard, with a wide selection of available projects involving SDO, PSP, SolO, Punch, MMS, and many others missions. A fast-track MS in Applied Space Weather Research is also available.
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George Mason UniversityDepartment of Physics and AstronomyUnited StatesVirginia
http://physics.gmu.edu
PhDflares, CMEs, solar magnetism, corona, space weather, heliophysics, ICMEs, plasma, magnetic reconnectionJie Zhang, Robert Weigel, Erdal YigitYesNoJanuary 1
https://science.gmu.edu/academics/departments-units/physics-and-astronomy-department/physics-phd
TA for two years guaranteed, RA, Fellowship possible
Jie Zhangjzhang7@gmu.edu
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Georgia State UniversityDepartment of Physics & AstronomyUnited StatesAtlanta, GA
https://www.phy-astr.gsu.edu
PhDStellar convective zones (301), Helioseismology (709), Space weather (2037), Astroinformatics (78), Magnetohydrodynamical simulations (1966)Stuart Jefferies, Jane Pratt, Piet MartensYesNoJanuary 15
https://graduate.gsu.edu/how-to-apply/apply/
TA/ RA for 4-5 years from GSU. Students are encouraged to apply for NASA/NSF fellowships.
Petrus Martens
Martens@astro.gsu.edu
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Montana State UniversityPhysicsUnited StatesMontana
http://www.montana.edu/solarphysics/
MS, PhDSpace Physics, AstrophysicsCharles Kanekelborg, Dana Longcope, Jiong QiuYesYes (Physics)January 10
http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/admissions/apply.html
TA and/or GRADana Longcope
dana@solar.physics.montana.edu
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New Jersey Institute of TechnologyDepartment of PhysicsUnited StatesNew Jersey
https://physics.njit.edu/academics/graduate
MS, PhDSolar flares, Solar coronal mass ejections, Space weather, Solar atmosphere, Solar magnetic fields, Solar magnetic reconnection, Particle acceleration, Plasma astrophysics, Solar optical telescopes, Solar radio telescopes, HelioseismologyWenda Cao, Bin Chen, Dale Gary, Alexander Kosovichev, Satoshi Inoue, Haimin Wang YesNo
December 15 (late applications are considered, too)
https://www.njit.edu/admissions/how-apply-graduate-admissions
Student support is guaranteed in the form of TA, RA, or Fellowship
Bin Chenbin.chen@njit.edu
NJIT operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory and the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array. More information about solar physics research can be found at http://centers.njit.edu/cstr/cstr-home/
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New Mexico State UniversityDepartment of AstronomyUnited StatesNew Mexico
http://astronomy.nmsu.edu/
PhDHelioseismology, Space Weather, Solar coronal heating, Solar flares, Solar chromosphere, Sunspot flowJason Jackiewicz, James McAteer, Juie ShetyeNoNoJanuary 15
http://astronomy.nmsu.edu/graduate/admissions/
Student support is guaranteed
Jason Jackiewiczjasonj@nmsu.edu
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Rice UniversityDepartment of Physics and AstronomyUnited StatesTexas
https://physics.rice.edu/graduate-program/graduate-degree-program
MS, PhDsolar active regions, solar activity, solar atmosphere, solar flares, solar magnetic fields, solar radiation, solar windDavid Alexander, Stephen BradshawYesNoJanuary 1
https://physics.rice.edu/graduate-program/how-apply
Internal, NASA, NSF
Stephen Bradshaw
stephen.bradshaw@rice.edu
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Univ. of Alabama in HuntsvilleSpace Science United StatesAlabama
https://www.uah.edu/science/departments/space-science
MS, PhDparticle acceleration in solar flares, at reconnection sites, assoicated radio phenomina, flux rope structures at the Sun and in-situ, space weather multipleYesNo
Feburary 15, but rolling
https://www.uah.edu/science/departments/space-science/graduate-programs
TA/RA 2 yearsGang Li
gangli.uah@gmail.com
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University of California, BerkeleyPhysics DepartmentUnited StatesCalifornia
https://physics.berkeley.edu
MS, PhDHeliospheric plasma physics, space physics, low frequency radio astronomy, solar physics, instrumentationStuart BaleYesYes
Mid December - see website
https://physics.berkeley.edu/academics/graduate-degrees-admission
TA, RA, FellowshipsStuart D. Balebale@berkeley.edu
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University of California, Los Angeles
Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (EPSS)
United StatesCalifornia
https://epss.ucla.edu/graduate/
MS, PhDSolar Corona, Solar Wind, Heliosphere, Coronal Mass Ejections, Magnetic Reconnesction, MHD Waves and Instabilities Marco Velli, Chris Russell, Vassilis AngelopoulosNoNoJanuary 1
https://epss.ucla.edu/graduate/admissions/
TA, RA, Fellowship and/or a mix usually over the 5-6 years for a PhS
Marco Vellimvelli@ucla.edu
Please contacto mvelli@ucla.edu if interested
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University of Colorado, BoulderDepartment of Astrophysical and Planetary SciencesUnited StatesColorado
https://www.colorado.edu/aps/
PhDSolar/stellar dynamics and dynamos, Solar/stellar winds, Coronal heating, Kinetic plasma physics, Plasma waves and turbulence, Solar/stellar flares, Spectropolarimetry and spectropolarimetric inversions, Solar/stellar irradiance variations, Helioseismology, Turbulence, Instrumentation for in situ measurement of electric and magnetic fields, Ground and space based observations, observations of photosphere, chromosphere, and corona with DKISTBen Brown, Steve Cranmer, Maria Kazachenko, Adam Kowalski, David Malaspina, Mark Rast, Kevin Reardon, Juri Toomre YesNoDecember 1
https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions/apply
Hale Graduate Student Fellowship (3 year full support, 2 fellowships awarded each year), TA support through department, RA support by research advisor, expected full support in some form through completion
Mark Rast
mark.rast@colorado.edu
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University of Colorado, BoulderAnn and H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering SciencesUnited StatesColorado
https://www.colorado.edu/aerospace/
MS, PhDHeliospheric Dust, Magnetospheric physics, Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere (ITM) physics, Space weatherXinlin Li, Bob Marshall, Scott Palo, Delores Knipp, Zoltan Sternovsky, Jeff Thayer, Xinchao Chu
Yes (Exception for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 due to COVID: not required)
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https://www.colorado.edu/aerospace/prospective-students/graduates
TA, RAXinlin Li
Xinlin.Li@lasp.colorado.edu
This department and several others at the university have ties to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the National Solar Observatory -- both of which have robust research groups in heliophysics that take on graduate students and both of which are co-located on east campus adjacent to the new Aerospace department building
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University of DelawareDepartment of Physics and AstronomyUnited StatesDelaware
http://web.physics.udel.edu/
MS, PhDsolar wind, Interplanetary turbulence, Solar coronaWilliam H. Matthaeus, Michael A. Shay, Bennett A. MarucaMarucaYesYesFebruary
http://web.physics.udel.edu/graduate/apply
TA, RA, Fellowship, usually 6 years
Elizabeth Bornemann
elbornem@udel.edu
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University of HawaiiInstitute for AstronomyUnited StatesHawaii
https://gradprog.ifa.hawaii.edu/
MS, PhDSolar instrumentation, Data Analysis, Modeling, Solar Wind, Eclipse observationsShadia Habbal, Jeff Kuhn, Haosheng Lin, Xudong SunYesNoDecember 15
https://gradprog.ifa.hawaii.edu/
TA and RA are available. First year students are given priority for a TA. Support is guaranteed for the length of the PhD, usually 5 years.
Karen Meechmeech@hawaii.edu
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University of MinnesotaSchool of Physics and AstronomyUnited StatesMinnesota
http://spacephysics.umn.edu
PhDHigh-energy solar astrophysics, X-ray solar astronomy, solar and stellar flares, coronal heating, instrumentation,Lindsay Glesener, Cindy Cattell, John WygantNoNoMid December
https://www.physics.umn.edu/grad/physics/
Space physics students at UMN are typically funded by RAs and fellowships.
Lindsay Glesenerglesener@umn.edu
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University of New HampshirePhysics and AstronomyUnited States
New Hampshire
https://physics.unh.edu/content/graduate-program
MS, PhD
Solar wind - Solar radiation - Solar activity: solar storm: solar energetic particles - Solar activity: solar storm: solar coronal mass ejections - Solar electromagnetic emission: solar gamma-ray emission - Solar magnetic fields: solar magnetic reconnection - Solar particle emission: solar coronal mass ejection shocks
NoNoJanuary 15
http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/apply.php
Most students serve as TA for the first 2 semesters and the move on to RA. Support is guaranteed for first year, including summer.
Noé Lugaznoe.lugaz@unh.edu
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West Virginia UniversityDepartment of Physics and AstronomyUnited StatesWest Virginia
https://physics.wvu.edu/
MS, PhDSolar flares, solar magnetic reconnectionAdam Kobelski, Paul Cassak, Earl ScimeYesNoJanuary 15
https://physics.wvu.edu/students/graduate-students/apply-now
TA, RA, fellowships are available to apply for
Paul Cassak
Paul.Cassak@mail.wvu.edu
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International Programs
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Aberystwyth UniversityDepartment of PhysicsWales, UKCeredigion
https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/phys/research/solar/
PhDsolar photosphere, solar atmosphere, solar windHuw Morgan
January for international applications
https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/
International scholarships available
Huw Morganhmorgan@aber.ac.uk
Usual entry expects degree in Physics and Astronomy. May accept other if relevant to project. Please contact.
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Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)Astronomy and AstrophysicsIndiaMaharashtra
http://www.iucaa.in
PhDSolar MHD, Magnetic Coupling and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, Sun-climate relations and instrumentationDurgesh Tripathi, Nishant Singh
Fellowship for five years
Durgesh Tripathidurgesh@iucaa.in
National Level Entrance Test and Interviews
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KU LeuvenMathematicsBelgiumVlaanderen
https://onderwijsaanbod.kuleuven.be/opleidingen/e/CQ_50655680.htm#activetab=diploma_omschrijving
MS, PhDSolar corona, solar activity, solar wind, reconnection, particle-in-cell, numerical methods, MHD waves, space weather, CME propagationVan Doorsselaere, Poedts, Keppens, LapentaNoNoJanuary 3
https://onderwijsaanbod.kuleuven.be/opleidingen/e/CQ_50655680.htm#activetab=diploma_omschrijving
master 2 years: fellowship; PhD 4 years: RA, fellowship
Tom Van Doorsselaere
tom.vandoorsselaere@kuleuven.be
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Max Planck Institute for Solar System ResearchInternational Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science, University of GöttingenGermanyGermany
https://www.mps.mpg.de/solar-system-school
PhDHelioseismology; Solar interior; Solar activity; Solar atmosphere; Solar magnetic fieldsSami Solanki, Laurent GizonYesYesNovember 1
https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/application
Fully funded through doctoral support contract for three years
Sonja Schuh
info@solar-system-school.de
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Nagoya University, Institute for Space–Earth Environmental Research (ISEE)
Graduate School of Science Division of Particle and Astrophysical Science (Heliospheric and Geospace Physics)
JapanNagoya
http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/students.html
MS, PhDactive sun, solar cycle, solar wind, space weather, plasma astrophysicsKanya Kusano, Munetoshi Tokumaru, KD Leka, Satoshi Masuda, Kazumasa Iwai, Shinsuke ImadaNo
see URL to Admission Information
https://internationaladmissions-nagoya-u.jp/t-cens_nagoya_master/new_user.php
RA in PhD courseKanya Kusanokusano@nagoya-u.jp
http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/index.html
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The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI)Department of Space and Astronautical Science, School of Physical SciencesJapanKanagawa
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/sokendai/e/
PhDInvestigation of non-thermal/high-temperature plasmas created in solar flares by use of X-ray data from space observatories. Development of high-precision Wolter mirrors and photon-counting detectors for future X-ray telescopes. Keywords: Solar flares, Solar x-ray emission, Solar magnetic reconnection, Solar energetic particles, X-ray telescopes, X-ray detectorsTaro Sakao; Keiichi Matsuzaki; Noriyuki Narukage (Dept. of Astronomical Science)No
Yes. Physics for Special Admissions for Applicants Residing Abroad (Privately Financed International Students); No GRE required for General Admission. See https://www.soken.ac.jp/en/admission/general_admission/ for details.
General Admission: July (TBD; not yet announced) for 2020 Fall enrollment. Special Admission: October (TBD; not yet announced) for 2021 Fall enrollment [note application for 2020 Fall enrollment is already closed].
https://www.soken.ac.jp/en/admission/
RA and Special Scholarship available. See http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/sokendai/e/admissions/support.html for details.
Taro Sakao
sakao@solar.isas.jaxa.jp
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University College LondonMullard Space Science Laboratory
United Kingdom
Surrey
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/study/phd-opportunities
MS, PhDActive solar corona (1988), Solar abundances (1474), Solar active region filaments (1977), Solar active region magnetic fields (1975), Solar active regions (1974), Solar activity (1475), Solar corona (1483), Solar coronal mass ejections (310), Solar coronal radio emission (1993), Solar coronal seismology (1994), Solar coronal waves (1995), Solar energetic particles (1491), Solar filament eruptions (1981), Solar filaments (1495), Solar flares (1496), Solar magnetic flux emergence (2000), Solar prominences (1519), Solar radio emission (1522), Solar radio flares (1342), Solar white-light flares (1983)Sarah Matthews, Lucie Green, David Long, Hamish ReidNoNo
Typically the end of January with a start date of start of October
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/study/phd-opportunities
Self-funded, UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/graduate-research-scholarships),
David Longdavid.long@ucl.ac.uk
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University of Central LancashireSchool of Physical Sciences and Computing
United Kingdom
Lancashire
https://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/phd-studentships-and-postgraduate-study/
MS, PhDsolar atmosphere, solar activity, solar particle emission, space weather, solar magnetic fields, solar flaresSilvia Dalla, Robert Walsh, Daniel BrownNoNoMid February
https://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/phd-studentships-and-postgraduate-study/
3.5 year studentships available
Silvia Dallasdalla@uclan.ac.uk
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University of GlasgowSchool of Physics & Astronomy
United Kingdom
Scotland
https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/astrophysics/
MS, PhDSolar chromosphere, corona, flares, prominences, particle acceleration, high-energy emission (x-ray, gamma, radio), solar wind, solar radiation (optical, UV, EUV)Nicolas Labrosse, Eduard Kontar, Lyndsay Fletcher, Iain Hannah, Alec MacKinnonNoJanuary 31
https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/astrophysics/
A very small number of competitive scholarships are available each year for international students. UK/EU students with a UK domicile are also eligible for (competitive) research council support for 3.5 years
Nicolas Labrosse
Nicolas.Labrosse@glasgow.ac.uk
Undergraduate degree equivalent to a (very good/excellent) UK Batchelor's Degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related subject.
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University of NewcastleSchool of Mathematical and Physical SciencesAustralia
New South Wales
https://www.newcastle.edu.au/study/postgraduate
PhDSolar Physics, Solar corona, coronal heating, coronal loops, magnetic fields, magnetic reconnection, magnetohydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamical simulations, slow solar wind, Helioseismology, Solar activity, Solar active region magnetic fields, Solar active region velocity fields, Solar active regions, Sunspots, Asteroseismology, Stellar rotation David Pontin, Hannah SchunkerYesJuly 5
https://www.newcastle.edu.au/study/postgraduate/apply
Direct enquiries welcome
Hannah Schunker
hannah.schunker@newcastle.edu.au
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University of OsloInstitute of Theoretical AstrophysicsNorwayOslo
https://www.mn.uio.no/astro/english/studies/
MS, PhDSolar Corona, Solar Chromosphere, Solar Photosphere, Solar Granulation, Radiative Transfer, Hydrodynamical SimulationsMats Carlsson, Viggo Hansteen, Boris Gudiksen, Tiago Pereira, Luc Rouppe van der Voort, Sven WedemeyerNoNo
No deadline for PhD programme, but in practice depends on timing of fellowships (usually March or April). For MS, deadline for programmes starting in August is March 1st (for EU/EEA citizens) or December 1st of the preceeding year (non-EU/EEA citizens).
https://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/application/index.html
No tuition fees for MS or PhD programmes. No scholarships available for MS programmes. PhD fellowships are routinely available but depend on funding and are usually awared for 4 years with 25% of teaching duties.
Tiago Pereira
tiago.pereira@astro.uio.no
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University of St AndrewsSchool of Mathematics and Statistics
United Kingdom
Scotland
http://www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/phd_positions.html
MS, PhDSolar and magnetospheric plasma theory (Solar magnetic fields, solar activity, solar flares, solar tamosphere, solar enegertic particles, space weather)Andy Wright, Clare Parnell, Duncan Macky, Ineke De Moortel, Thomas Neukirch, Vasilis ArchontisNoNo
No firm deadline. Application before May 1st recommended
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/maths/prospective/pg/phdprogrammes/
UK STFC stipend(s) (3.5 years; subject to eligibility criteria)
Alan Hood
ahw@st-andrews.ac.uk
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