CERN Fellowship Programme for Graduates in Switzerland, 2016

CERN Fellowship Programme for Graduates in Switzerland , and applications are submitted till 1 March 2016.  data-custom-mark="true"CERN invites applications for Graduate Engineering Training (GET) scheme for data-custom-mark="true"Engineering data-custom-mark="true" graduates for the year 2016. Approximately 200 Fellowships will be offered for national of a CERN Member State. Candidates should apply through the standard Fellowship programme and will be automatically considered by a panel of CERN experts for a position within the scheme. A limited number of positions are also available to candidates from non-member states with a senior profile. Fellows stipends are calculated individually – stipends are competitive and net of tax. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Switzerland

Level: Graduate degree

Field(s): Fellowship is awarded in following areas of study: Civil Engineering , Controls and Data Acquisition, Electricity, Electro mechanics, Electronics, Health , Safety & Environment, Information Technologies, Materials Science & Surface Engineering, Mechanics, Physics, Support & Administration.

Deadline: 1 March 2016

Funded By: CERN, Switzerland

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): CERN Fellowship Programme is targeted for applicants from CERN Member State (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom) are eligible to apply for CERN Fellowship Programme.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: The CERN Fellowship Programme awards approximately 200 Fellowships per year.

Scholarship Duration: The fellowship is offered for the duration of three years.

Scholarship covers: Financial conditions: Fellows stipends are calculated individually – stipends are competitive and net of tax.

-Leave: Fellows are entitled to 2.5 days paid leave per month.

-Insurance: Fellows are covered by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme for themselves and their dependents.

-Travel expenses: Fellows are entitled to travel expenses for themselves and their family (unless stipulated otherwise on their contract).

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


‣ Have you recently graduated from university or an advanced technical institute? Are you interested in working for one or two years in an international environment at the forefront of research? In which case, you may be interested in CERN’s Fellowship Programme.

‣ Within the CERN Fellowship Programme , we have integrated a Graduate Engineering Training (GET) scheme for engineering graduates who are looking for professional experience in a wide range of engineering and technical fields.

‣ Candidates should apply through the standard Fellowship programme and will be automatically considered by a panel of CERN experts for a position within the scheme.

‣ CERN is proud to be involved in COFUND a European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Sk³odowska-Curie Action to stimulate mobility and career development through fellowship programmes.

‣ Contract negotiations are in the final stages with the European Commission and, subject to completion, we will be offering a limited number of 3-year Fellowships to top-ranked Senior Fellows through the COFUND programme from the November 2015 until the May 2017 committees.

‣ A feature of the COFUND programme is the possibility to spend up to 12 months of the Fellow contract at another institute, provided that the work still corresponds to the original project at CERN.


‣ Applicants for CERN Fellowship Programme are national of a CERN Member State. However, a limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States with a senior profile. 

‣ Non-Member State candidates seeking a postdoc in Theoretical Physics should apply here. For nationals from Japan, please see our web page on the CERN-Japan Programme.

‣ If applicant is applying in experimental or theoretical physics, he/she have a PhD (or are about to finish your thesis).

‣ If applicant is applying in applied science, computing or engineering, he/she hold a university degree (BSc level or above) or a technical engineer qualification (or are about to graduate).

‣ Candidates with an MSc or higher diploma should have no more than 10 years relevant experience (after the MSc).

‣ Candidates with only a BSc or technical engineer diploma should have no more than 4 years relevant experience.

‣ 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.

Selection criteria for CERN Fellowship Programme

‣ Applications from candidates in particle physics are forwarded by  CERN to the appropriate* National Delegations in the Member States for appraisal. 

‣ (*The appropriate National Delegation for each candidate is usually considered to be the same as the passport nationality of the candidate. 

‣ However, applications from Member State candidates who did/are doing their PhD in a different Member State from their passport nationality are generally submitted to that Delegation. 

‣ If relevant, candidates should state their preference of Member State on their application (in the “Motivation” section)). 

‣ All applications for Fellowships are considered by the Associates and Fellows Committee which meets twice per year, usually in May and November.

‣ Candidates may be contacted before the Committee but any formal offer of a Fellowship position can only be made by HR Department after the relevant Committee meeting.

‣ Successful applicants are normally expected to take up their appointments within 3 months of the start date they specify in their application form.

‣ Changes to the start date can be discussed on a case-by-case basis and exceptions are made for Theoretical physicists who apply for the November committee to start the following autumn.


‣ The results of the Selection Committee are communicated by email to all candidates within 1 week of the Selection Committee date.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Documents required:
–a Curriculum Vitae;

‣ a list of publications if relevant (for collaborations, please indicate simply the number of publications and only provide details of the most important ones);

‣ a photocopy of the last (highest) qualification;

‣ three recent letters of recommendation (less than a year old at the deadline for applications) to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements (*).

‣ 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 (if not already included in the application form).

‣ For physics candidates who wish to be considered for both research and applied science types of Fellowship, you are expected to make clear your relevant applied science skillset in your motivations and/or research statement.

Application Form

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 1 March 2016.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about CERN Fellowship Programme


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