Opportunities for students from Non-Member States

Summer Students Programme for Non-Member State Nationals (website)

The CERN Summer Student Program offers undergraduate students of physics, computing and engineering a unique opportunity to join in the day-to-day work of research teams participating in experiments at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Beyond the outstanding first-class scientific value of their stay, the selected students will find working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment an extremely enriching personal experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make valuable and long lasting contacts with other students and scientists from all over Europe.
A limited number of positions are made available by CERN to students from Non-Member States. This programme is facilitated in part by the UNESCO International Basic Science Programme, by Procter and Gamble, and by the Canon Foundation. A CERN programme for high-school teachers runs in parallel with part of this programme, and is also facilitated in part by the UNESCO International Basic Science Programme.

The Latin American Schools of High Energy Physics (website)

This biennial School is intended mainly for young experimentalists from Latin America preparing a PhD in high-energy physics, or engaged in post doctoral work, but it will also be open to a few young theorists from unfavoured countries as well as participants from other regions.

The European School of High-Energy Physics (website)

The European School of High Energy Physics is targeted particularly at students in experimental HEP who are in the final years of work towards their PhDs. Other schools, such as the CERN-Fermilab Hadron Collider Physics Summer School, may provide more appropriate training for young postdocs in experimental HEP, PhD students who have already attended the European school, and senior PhD students in HEP phenomenology. Preference will be given to students who have connections with CERN and JINR member states either because of their nationality, their institutional affiliation or because they are involved in an experimental programme at a laboratory located in one of the member states.

The CERN-Fermilab Hadron Collider Physics Summer School (website)

Fermilab and CERN are jointly organizing a series of "Hadron Collider Physics Summer Schools", whose main goal is to offer a complete picture of both the theoretical and experimental aspects of Hadron Collider physics. Preparing young researchers to tackle the current and anticipated challenges at hadron colliders, and spreading the global knowledge required for a timely and competent exploitation of the LHC physics potential, are concerns equally shared by CERN, the LHC host laboratory, and by Fermilab, the home of the Tevatron and host of CMS's LHC Physics Center in the U.S.

The CERN-Fermilab Hadron Collider Physics Summer School is targeted particularly at young postdocs in experimental High Energy Physics (HEP), as well as senior PhD students in HEP phenomenology.

The CERN Accelerator School (website)

The CERN Accelerator School holds training courses for accelerator physicists and engineers twice a year. The courses take place in conference centres in different member states of CERN and consist of a programme of lectures and tutorials spread over a period of one or two weeks. Participants are welcome from member states of CERN and other countries world-wide.

The CERN School of Computing (website)

CERN Schools of Computing, usually held in August/September, are open to postgraduate students and research workers with a few years of experience in elementary particle physics, in computing or in related fields. The participants come mainly from the CERN Member States or from laboratories in countries associated with CERN. However, a fraction of the students come from outside the particle physics community, generally attracted by the advanced topics that are taught. Attendance ranges from 70 to 80 students, typically of 15 to 25 different nationalities. The schools last two weeks, and are generally organized on the campus of a university or in a hotel with close networking connections to a university or laboratory.

Special Programmes (website)

Information on special arrangements for students from USA, Israel and Japan may be found by following the links below:

  • The information pages for nationals of the United States of America show how you can join in CERN's Summer Student Program with funding from the National Science Foundation. For more information contact Jean Krisch at the University of Michigan.
  • Japanese students can apply to the CERN-Japan Fellowship Program or to the summer students programme, thanks to the funding of Japan.
  • Canada also offers funding from the National authorities to join the summer students programme. All information can be found in English and in French.