IAU–International Visegrad Fund Mobility Awards

Research Projects

Selection Committees



Applications for IAU - Visegrad Award 2023 are now open (scroll below for the application link). NEW deadline to submit applications is 28 April 2023 at 23:59 CET.

The IAU–International Visegrad Fund Mobility Awards is a unique mobility scheme for Bachelor (BSc) and Master (MSc) astronomy students, building cross-border cooperation across four Visegrad Group countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic.

The IAU–International Visegrad Fund Mobility Awards builds research capacity in institutions and raises the regional and global recognition of the astronomy community. Students will be given the opportunity to further develop their research skills and strengthen their career opportunities in astronomy and STEM-related fields. Two cohorts of 12 students (a total of 24 students, 6 per country) will undertake a three months summer research programme at a partner institution during  2023 and 2024. 


  1. Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences/Csillagászati és Földtudományi Kutatóközpont
  2. Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń/Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
  3. Comenius University in Bratislava/Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave
  4. Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences/Astronomický ústav Akademie věd České republiky



How to apply


The program is open to all Bachelor and Master Astronomy students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic. Students should be sufficiently proficient in English to perform a research project.

Applications for the IAU - Visegrad Award program require that you select three projects from the Research Project list that you are most interested in working on outside of your country of residence. The Research Project list for the program is available via the following link. You will also be required to submit the following documents (in PDF format):

  • One-page (max) motivation letter including a description of your research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae

Students will be evaluated for participation in the program by the Selection Committee based on their research potential and match to available projects in their area(s) of interest.

Please consult the FAQ page if you have any questions about the application process or the program. If you have questions not answered on the FAQ page, please email us.

About the Visegrad Fund

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

The International Visegrad Fund is an international donor organisation established by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries (V4, Czechia, 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. The fund’s annual budget of €8 million consists of equal contributions by the V4 governments.


IAU - Visegrad Award team
Email: iau.visegrad@gmail.com

Kateryna Frantseva
IAU Project Developer
Email: frantseva@strw.leidenuniv.nl