Apply to the STARTastro program!

Applications for 2024 are now closed; if you are interested in applying to our 2025 cohort, be sure to sign up for our google group

STARTastro supports transfer students from California Community Colleges entering Astronomy and related majors at UCSD and SDSU. As STARTastro Scholars, you'll participate in an 8-week, fully-paid academic preparation and research training program, with faculty mentorship and tutoring support throughout your junior year. 


Please note that selected scholars are expected to participate in the program full-time from July 1 - August 23.


STARTastro benefits include:


To join the STARTastro program, you must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:



Note: preference will given to applicants transferring as Astronomy (SDSU) and Astronomy & Astrophysics (UCSD) majors. Community college students in residence in San Diego County who are transferring into Astronomy or Physics programs at other UC/CSU institutions will also be considered based on availability. There are no citizenship or residence requirements for this program.

Application and Program timeline: