Fellowship Programme for "Drop Tower Experiment Series" (DropTES)

October 2019: Application is now OPEN! (deadline has been extended) We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

The Drop Tower Experiment Series is a fellowship programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in which students can learn and study microgravity science by performing experiments in a drop tower. The Bremen Drop Tower in Germany is a ground-based laboratory with a drop tube of a height of 146 meters, which can enable short microgravity experiments to be performed in various scientific fields, such as fluid physics, combustion, thermodynamics, material science and biotechnology.

In collaboration with the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the fellowship programme offers a selected research team the opportunity to conduct its own microgravity experiments at the Bremen Drop Tower. The series of experiments will consist of four drops or catapult launches during which approximately 5 or 10 seconds of microgravity, respectively, are produced.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from entities that are Member States of the United Nations. Teams should consist of up to four Bachelor, Master and/or PhD students who must be endorsed by an academic supervisor.
  • It is further required that the proposed experiment be an integral part of the students' syllabuses, that is, part of a Bachelor thesis, a Master thesis, a PhD thesis, or another form of research project associated with the applicants' studies at the respective university.

Current Cycle

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Deadline for applications submission has been extended.  The new deadline is 29 February 2020 at 23:59 CET

DropTES previous cycles

The results of the DropTES previous cycles can be seen here: first cycle, second cycle, third cyclefourth cyclefifth cycle and sixth cycle.

Contact Information

For further information regarding the Fellowship Programme and applications, please contact through UNOOSA contact page;


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