The European Organization for Nuclear Research's Fellowship Programmes 2016

Publish Date: Jul 14, 2016

Deadline: Sep 05, 2016

About program

The Fellowship Programme awards approximately 200 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. Research fellows in experimental or theoretical physics normally have terminated their studies for a doctorate (PhD or equivalent) while Fellowships in applied science, computing and engineering are open to recent graduates at Bachelor level and above. Fellowships are normally granted for two years initially, while extensions for part or all of a third year are granted only in exceptional circumstances.

After having become familiar with the activities of the Laboratory, Fellows are encouraged to contribute to bridging the gap between scientists and the general public by serving as CERN Guides typically 2 hours per month. For further details, please follow the original link.


  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate 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.(link is external) For nationals from Japan, please see our web page on the CERN-Japan Programme(link is external). For more infromation click the original link.
  • If you are applying in experimental or theoretical physics, you have a PhD (or are about to finish your thesis).
  • If you are applying in applied science, computing or engineering, you 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.

CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. Individuals who have held a VIA contract at CERN are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Please note that a person may only benefit from Fellow status at CERN for a maximum of 36 months. There is no possibility of exceptions. The minimum duration of a Fellow contract is 6 months.

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.

Please do not upload your thesis nor your final project report.

 The application should be submitted using the e-recruitment system by the closing date. Please note: In the "Specific Information" of the application form a link to forward to your THREE referees will be available (as well as in the email of acknowledgment receipt). This link will allow them to submit their letters of recommendation in support of your application. Letters should be in English or French and submitted within 2 days after the deadline. Applications which are incomplete (e.g. missing reference letters) as of the closing date for a given meeting will not be considered.

Candidates who are re-applying for a Fellowship in any field should note that they will be asked to provide new recommendation letters.


  • 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(link is external).

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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