Cosmoparticle Initiative


Cosmology and Astroparticle Student and Postdoc Exchange Network (CASPEN)

A programme which aims to foster scientific advances on topics of mutual interest by enhancing the exchange of ideas and opportunities for collaboration.

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The following institutions are participating:

The primary aim of this scheme is to promote collaboration and to provide scientific and professional development opportunities for students and postdocs. Scientific themes of CASPEN include precision cosmology from large scale structure and the cosmic microwave background, the particle physics and astrophysics of dark matter and neutrinos, high energy cosmic ray and gamma ray physics, and theoretical and observational studies of galaxy formation.

All students and postdocs working in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. There are no set deadlines as this is a rolling program, apply as soon as you know your travel dates. Allocation of funds will be made by the relevant budget holder at the host institution, and is expected to be straight-forward and rapid in well-justified cases.  The work can be based on an existing program or a new idea.

To apply, first identify a potential collaborator from a host institution and agree on a specific work plan and potential dates for a visit. Although the application procedure is not onerous, applicants are expected to identify a concrete proposal for a period between 3 days and approximately 2 weeks. A visit may then be proposed using this form.

A record of all CASPEN visits undertaken, along with brief reports of outcomes, can be accessed through the links below:

Current year 
When still in place, COVID safety guidelines from your own institution and the one you are visiting should be checked and adhered to. You will need to confirm that you understand and will conform to these guidelines when making an application.                             

Previous years

  • 2022-23
  • 2021-22
  • 2019-20 
  • 2018-19 
  • 2017-18 
  • 2016-17