Maunakea Graduate School


The Maunakea Graduate School offers junior graduate students the opportunity to conduct science at some of the world’s premier observatories.

The new generation of scientists is often not directly exposed to the real world of data acquisition and instrumentation at a telescope. Opportunities like the Maunakea Graduate School help ensure that Canadian observatories keep their leadership position in the world by fostering the next generation of Canadian astronomers.

Students accepted into the school visit the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), Gemini Observatory, and other Maunakea observatories in Hawaii where they learn first hand about the latest astronomical methods and instrumentation. They participate directly in observing and data-processing, and they learn how the observatories operate from technical staff and scientists. The Hawaiian cultural situation is also central to our learning experience.

To be eligible for the Maunakea iREx Graduate School, students must also be enrolled in a Canadian institution, have a local sponsor (to cover airfare and per diem) and be able to travel to the U.S.A.

The Maunakea school was initiated by Prof. Stéphane Courteau, Queen’s University, in 2010, and benefits from the generous support of the CFHT and Gemini Observatories, l’Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes (iREx), as well as the participation of other Maunakea Observatories (Keck, Subaru, and JCMT).