United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies is hosted by Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
The PNST Fellowship Programme was initiated in 2013 by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of Japan in conjunction with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech).
PNST offers six fellowships per year (three Masters, three Doctoral) to aspiring post-graduate level students who are interested in studying nano-satellite design and learning basic space technology development. All PNST fellowship students enroll in the English-based Space Engineering International Course (SEIC) at Kyutech, which was launched in April 2013. SEIC students hail from all over the world.
|Number of Students
(67 in total)
|4 (12 in total)||France, Philippines, Zimbabwe|
|3 (9 in total)||Paraguay, Thailand, Uganda|
|2 (4 in total)||Bhutan, Spain|
|1 (17 in total)||Brazil, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda,Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam|
The PNST program provides extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of space research facilities at Kyutech. PNST students will join a space development project at Kyutech. Through the project, each participant is expected to identify a research topic and carry out the research work under the supervision of Kyutech faculty. The participant is also required to satisfy the graduate course work requirements of SEIC. Upon successful completion of a thesis and its defense, the participant is granted either a Master of Engineering (or Science) or a Doctor of Engineering (or Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering) degree. Upon graduation PNST fellows are expected to return to their home countries to help develop the space sector.
Kyutech has numerous world-class space facilities and space projects, including:
and many others!
Thermal vacuum chamber at CeNT
Your fully completed application and all other required documents should be submitted electronically. The application deadline is typically in January for October admission. Selection is made on the basis of each applicant's academic credentials, relevant work experience, and future potential. To apply to PNST, visit the PNST website of the United Nations.
Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) is a Japanese national university founded in 1909 – in the city of Kitakyushu. Kitakyushu is known as the birthplace of modern industry in Japan. Over the past 20 years, Kyutech has offered courses in space engineering at undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2004, Kyutech established the Laboratory of Lean Satellite Enterprises and In-Orbit Experiments (LaSEINE) as a special research center dedicated to studies on spacecraft charging, spacecraft material degradation, and hypervelocity impact. In 2010, a new research division, the Centre for Nanosatellite Testing (CeNT) was added to LaSEINE. CeNT provides all the environmental tests necessary for a nano-satellite with size up to 50cm x 50cm x 50cm and weight up to 50kg. In May 2012, HORYU-II, a nano-satellite built by Kyutech students, was launched to low-earth orbit and operated successfully. On 17 February 2016, HORYU-IV, a nano-satellite built by SEIC students, was launched into space.
Center for Nanosatellite Testing, Kyutech: https://kyutech-cent.net/index_e.html
HORYU4 Project Member