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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

CERN Doctoral Student Program 2024 in Switzerland (Fully Funded)

Updated: Jul 2

If you're seeking a PhD scholarship and interested in physics, engineering, or computing, you should consider the CERN Doctoral Student Program. This fully funded opportunity allows you to spend up to 36 months at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. As a CERN doctoral student, you'll collaborate with leading researchers, participate in groundbreaking experiments, and expand your scientific knowledge. Apply by July 29, 2024 for this exceptional experience!


Scholarship Overview:

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers, you'll get the chance to work on your thesis while spending up to 36 months at the forefront of science. Whether you’ve already chosen a subject or are still making your decision, if your specialism is Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing, this is an invitation to further your knowledge in a truly unique organisation. In fact, it’s an invitation to get involved in world-famous experiments of unprecedented scale and scope. An invitation to join an environment like nowhere else on Earth.

You will have the opportunity to work in a diversity of fields at the cutting edge of technology: applied physics, IT, mathematics, electricity, electronics, mechanical or civil engineering, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, materials science, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection, science communication, surveying, ultra-high vacuum are but a few of the examples of the many domains in which successful applicants will learn and contribute their knowledge.



In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.

  • You have started or are about to start a doctoral programme in a university.

  • Your work envisaged at CERN is all or part of the thesis work required to obtain your PhD. The award of the degree remains the responsibility of your university. Academic arrangements will be discussed between your university thesis supervisor and your CERN supervisor.

  • You have a good knowledge of English OR French.


Contract Details:

During your studies, CERN will provide you with:

  1. A contract of association for 6 months initially, renewable up to 3 years.

  2. The total period (up to 36 months) may be spread over a maximum duration of four consecutive years to allow you to spend time at your university (for periods of up to 12 months, granted as unpaid special leave).

  3. An allowance of 3868 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).

  4. A travel allowance.

  5. Depending on your personal circumstances, a supplement if you are married and/or have children.

  6. Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (the contribution will be automatically deducted from your allowance).

  7. 2,5 days of paid leave per month.


How to apply:

Gather the following documents in PDF format:

  • A CV.

  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript giving an overview of your marks (if you download it from your university portal please make sure there is no protection so that we can open it).

  • A reference letter from a University Professor is mandatory. Should you have one from a previous internship you may add this as a second reference.

Submit your application with the required documents through the online application portal:

Application Deadline: July 29th 2024 (at 23:59 CET)





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