Astrophysics

Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that employs the principles of physics and chemistry "to ascertain the nature of the astronomical objects, rather than their positions or motions in space". Among the objects studied are the Sun, other stars, galaxies, extrasolar planets, the interstellar medium and the cosmic microwave background. Their emissions are examined across all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the properties examined include luminosity, density, temperature, and chemical composition. Because astrophysics is a very broad subject, astrophysicists typically apply many disciplines of physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and atomic and molecular physics.

In practice, modern astronomical research often involves a substantial amount of work in the realms of theoretical and observational physics. Some areas of study for astrophysicists include their attempts to determine the properties of dark matter, dark energy, and black holes; whether or not time travel is possible, wormholes can form, or the multiverse exists; and the origin and ultimate fate of the universe. Topics also studied by theoretical astrophysicists include Solar System formation and evolution; stellar dynamics and evolution; galaxy formation and evolution; magnetohydrodynamics; large-scale structure of matter in the universe; origin of cosmic rays; general relativity and physical cosmology, including string cosmology and astroparticle physics.

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Matching Astrophysics Colleges

University of California-Berkeley

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

Princeton University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $47,140 average out-state tuition; $47,140 average in-state tuition

Michigan State University

Four or more years; Public; $40,024 average out-state tuition; $15,375 average in-state tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Four or more years; Public; $24,986 average out-state tuition; $12,800 average in-state tuition

University of Colorado Boulder

Four or more years; Public; $34,382 average out-state tuition; $10,248 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Astrophysics Majors

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Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
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Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

$39,000 October 29, 2021 See Details
 

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

award

$39,000

deadline

October 29, 2021
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McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

$17,000 January 15, 2022 See Details
 

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

award

$17,000

deadline

January 15, 2022
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President's Scholarship - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

Up to $12,000 Varies See Details
 

President's Scholarship - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

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Up to $12,000

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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 December 03, 2021 See Details
 

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

award

$10,000

deadline

December 03, 2021
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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

Up to $7,500 January 28, 2022 See Details
 

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

award

Up to $7,500

deadline

January 28, 2022
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Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Idaho State University

Up to $7,000 Varies See Details
 

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Idaho State University

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Up to $7,000

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Montana Minds Scholarship - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Montana Minds Scholarship - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

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$6,000

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Glen E. Ullyot Scholarship

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Glen E. Ullyot Scholarship

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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$6,000

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Titmus Foundation Scholarship

Averett University

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Titmus Foundation Scholarship

Averett University

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$5,000

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