How to Apply

Applications must include:

Undergraduate Physics or Engineering diploma/certificate
If you don't have your diploma or certificate yet, a document showing that you are registered and you have completed the 140 ECTS needed to apply should be enough (ex. track of records from your university online system). Summary of achievements on the degree
You should describe your main achievements throughout your degrees: bachelor, master and so on. Be short and clear and don't forget your developed projects. Motivation letter
Maximum one page, specifying your interest in Plasma Physics, Intense Lasers or Nuclear Fusion. Be sure to be inspired and motivated!

It is mandatory to have at least 140 ECTS acquired previously to the course.

Some rooms will be available for free for some trainees to extend their stay. Priority will be given to those who apply for the training program. Request has to be submitted upon registration (14 May), mentioning the required departure date.

Additionally for the 2-weeks post-training in Nuclear Fusion:

A recommendation letter from a senior professor or researcher in Nuclear Fusion Science or Engineering should be added stating your interest and previous work in the field.
Do not forget to mention your interest in this extra-activity in your application.

Applications should be sent by e-mail before the 14th of May to

Make sure to include the 3 documents described above, and your personal information: full name, nationality, date of birth, address, university, degree and complete ECTS

You will be notified at the end of the following week, on May 18th.

The official language of PlasmaSurf is English. The applicant must provide a translation (not necessarily official) for any documents not written in English/Portuguese. A maximum of 35 participants will be selected based on the evaluation of these elements.

After notification, participants are kindly requested to deposit 59€ in advance for room reservation in order to complete their registration. This amount will be affected upon arrival for off-program activities, covering the welcome reception, Lisbon supper, farewell party, public transports and shuttle services. Please note that refund is not guaranteed in case of no-show.

This year, in order to avoid inconvenience from non-euro countries, we also accept a flight ticket receipt from your country to Lisbon, as evidence of arrival.

Mark your Calendar

Deadline for Applications

14 May 2018

Notification of Acceptance

18 May 2018

Reservation Deposit

8 June 2018

Summer School

8-14 July 2018

Summer School Support

The accommodation cost (6 nights, from Sunday to the following Saturday) and working days breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snack & dinner will be covered by Instituto Superior Técnico.

Please note that no funds are available for travel expenses except for local activities. The activities will take place in several regional locations so participants will need to move accordingly.

Worldwide students are strongly encourage to participate. A quota is available for non-European participants.

Please bring your laptop for after-lunch tutorials.

Travel Support

Candidates willing to participate on the 2-week tokamak engineering and operation training will have travel costs covered and they will be granted on top off accommodation. A reference to the flight he/she would like to catch as to be mentioned on the application for you once accepted in the programme.

Please use this Distance Calculator to know how many kilometers you’ll be travelling. We will support you with the price for your trip based on that distance. You can see the table below to know the ceiling for your trip.

Travel Allowances

Travel support for students: unit cost depending only on single-way distance between the place of origin and the location of the educational event, according to the following table:

Travel distance between 100 and 499 km

180€ / person

Travel distance between 500 and 1999 km

275€ / person

Travel distance between 2000 and 2999 km

360€ / person

Travel distance between 3000 and 3999 km

530€ / person

Travel distance between 4000 and 7999 km

820€ / person

Travel distance 8000 or more km

1100€ / person

Please remember that:

The allocation is only based on the distance between the place of origin and Lisbon.

We consider the place of origin to be the home university of the student. However, if the student travels from another location that is closer to the destination, this will also be accepted. As place of destination we use Lisbon. The distance is determined by IST based on this Distance Calculator.

Example: A trip from London to Lisbon and back counts as 1587 km (i.e. this is the single-way distance), and for that a student receives the maximum support of 275€.

In case the student indicates to get also travel support from other public sources or grants for traveling to the location of the internship/educational event, the travel support component becomes void and no support is provided.