CERN Doctoral Scholarships 2024 in Switzerland

Do you dream of exploring the fundamental mysteries of the universe? Ever fancied yourself amidst the titans of science, using the world’s most advanced instruments to probe the very fabric of reality? Well, grab your lab coats and safety goggles, because CERN in Switzerland is calling all aspiring doctoral students for a scientific adventure like no other!

About CERN

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, isn’t just a bunch of scientists in lab coats—it’s the epicenter of groundbreaking research in particle physics. Home to the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, CERN is where particles collide at near light speed, revealing the secrets of the universe.

At CERN, diversity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a foundational value. Researchers from all corners of the globe unite here, driven by curiosity and a shared mission to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos.

What’s on Offer?

The Doctoral Student Programme at CERN is your ticket to a 36-month immersive journey into cutting-edge science and technology. Whether you’re already knee-deep in your doctoral studies or just setting out, this programme welcomes those specializing in Applied Physics, Engineering, or Computing. Get ready to be part of world-renowned experiments and contribute to projects that are shaping the future.

Fields of Work: Applied physics, IT, mathematics, engineering (mechanical, civil, electrical, and electronics), instrumentation for particle physics, materials science, radiation protection, safety, environmental protection, science communication, and much more.

Programme Perks:

  • Contract of Association: Initially for 6 months, renewable up to 3 years.
  • Allowance: A monthly stipend of 3868 Swiss Francs (net of tax).
  • Travel Allowance: Get some help to cover your travel costs.
  • Family Supplement: Additional support if you’re married or have children.
  • Health Insurance: Comprehensive coverage with contributions automatically deducted from your stipend.
  • Paid Leave: 2.5 days per month to recharge and explore beautiful Switzerland!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nationality: Must be a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • Doctoral Programme: You should be enrolled in or about to start a doctoral programme at a university.
  • Thesis Work: Your work at CERN must be part of the thesis required for your PhD.
  • Language Proficiency: A good command of English or French languages.

Application Process

Ready to take the plunge? Here’s what you need:

  1. Swiss Style CV: Keep it crisp and clear.
  2. Academic Transcript: Show us your grades.
  3. Reference Letter: At least one from a University Professor; an extra one from a past internship is a bonus.
  4. Motivation Letter: Why CERN? Why you? Pour your passion into this.

Application Deadline: Submit all your documents here ( in English or French language by July 29th, 2024 (23:59 CET). The selection process might include interviews and additional information requests, with the final outcome announced by the end of October 2024.

Dr. Philip Morgan

(Associate Editor) Dr. Philip Morgan is a postdoctoral fellow and lead author at He earned his Master's and Ph.D. from Stanford before pursuing research in the U.S. on a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. Leveraging his diverse academic background, Dr. Morgan creates informative articles on scholarships, internships, and fellowships for international students. His expertise and passion empower students to achieve their academic goals through international education opportunities.

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