The CERN Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 1 September 2014
Open to: recent graduates or university postgraduates in technical fields coming from a CERN Member State
Fellowship: competitive stipend calculated individually, health insurance, travel costs, family allowance


CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.

The CERN Fellowship programme awards approximately 150 Fellowships per year. Around half are for research work (experimental or theoretical physics) under a Senior Fellowship and half are for advanced development work and related research in a broad range of applied science, computing and engineering either under a Junior or a Senior Fellowship depending on the qualifications and experience of the individual.

Fellowships are intended for recent graduates from university or higher technical institutes, or university postgraduates who want to work in a research group. Fellowships are granted for one year initially and are normally extended for a second year, while extensions for part or all of a third year are granted only in exceptional circumstances.


In order to be eligible for the CERN Fellowship Programme you must:

  • Be national of a CERN Member State (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). However, a limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States;
  • Have a PhD if you are applying in experimental or theoretical physics;
  • Hold a university degree or technical engineer qualification if you are applying in applied science, computing or engineering;
  • Not have more than 10 years of experience if you hold a MSc or higher diploma;
  • Not have more than 4 years of experience if you hold a BSc or technical engineer diploma.

Candidates who are currently preparing a diploma are eligible to apply. However, they are expected to have obtained their qualification by the time they take up their appointment at CERN.


The fellows stipends are competitive and calculated individually. CERN will cover health insurance for the fellows and their dependents as well as the travel costs.

Fellows may be entitled to an installation grant, family allowance and child allowance. CERN will also offer help with finding suitable accommodation via the Housing Service.


The application process is online and you first need to be registered in order to have access to the application form.

The following documents are required together with the completed electronic application form:

  • a Curriculum vitae;
  • a list of publications if relevant;
  • a photocopy of the last (highest) qualification;
  • three recent letters of recommendation (in English or French);

Candidates for research fellowships (Theoretical and Experimental Physics) should also include a CV containing:

  • a list of publications to which you have made significantly contributions;
  • conferences at which you have given presentations;
  • statement of research interests.

The application and all supporting documents should be submitted using the the e-recruitment system until 1 September 2014.

For further information please visit the official website.

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