Fully Funded CERN Doctoral Student Scholarship for International Student 2023

  • Organisation: CERN
  • Duty Station: Switzerland
  • Opportunity Type: Scholarships
  • Duration: Partial Funding
  • Deadline: 07/31/2023

CERN, the esteemed European Organization for Nuclear Research, stands as the world’s largest and most renowned center for particle physics research. Joining CERN presents a unique chance to be part of groundbreaking experiments that will shape the future of science. This program offers doctoral students hands-on experience in their field, with the opportunity to work on-site at the largest research center in Geneva. Successful candidates in applied physics, engineering, and computing with proven research experience can visit CERN as researchers.

Available Subjects

Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.

  • All Subjects

Scholarship Benefits

During your studies, CERN will provide you with:

  • A contract of association for 6 months initially, renewable up to 3 years.
  • 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).
  • An allowance of 3818 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • A travel allowance.
  • Depending on your personal circumstances, a supplement if you are married and/or have children.
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (the contribution will be automatically deducted from your allowance).
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Please note that the 3-year maximum contract duration shouldn’t be interpreted as an imposition of the time limit in which students are expected to complete their PhD.

Please also note that CERN cannot contribute to any cost related to your University nor will CERN reimburse tuition fees.

Eligible Nationalities

This program is open to international students having nationality of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Application Procedure:

How to Apply

Application deadline: July 31st, at noon (12:00 CEST). Please note that during the evaluation process, your application may be shared with a panel of CERN experts. You may be contacted for a phone/video interview or further information during this period. The final outcome of the recruitment process will be communicated no later than October 31st.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.



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