CERN Technical Student Programme


To provide placements for students who are specializing in different technical fields.

The official languages of CERN are English and French. A good knowledge of at least one of these languages is essential. CERN member states include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Open to applicants attending an educational establishment in a CERN member state and following a full-time course in one of the subjects listed, at university or advanced technical level. Students must be less than 30 years of age at the time of the Selection Committee meeting. Candidates must be nationals of the member states of CERN. Students specializing in theoretical or experimental particle physics are not eligible for the programme.

Quantity Available

Approx. 80-90

Study Length

Appointments can last for 6 consecutive months, but mostly 1 year. Appointments can start throughout the year

Award Value

A monthly living allowance to cover the expenses of a single person in the Geneva area.|A health insurance for illnesses and accidents of professional or non-professional nature.|Joining expenses (on a lump sum basis).

Application procedure

Applications must be made electronically via the website.

Closing date

March 5th

CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research

CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics is the world's leading laboratory in its field, that being the study of the smallest constituents of matter and of the forces that hold them together. The laboratory's tools are its particle accelerators and detectors, which are among the largest and most complex scientific instruments ever built.

Contact Details

More information

For more information regarding this award, please contact the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research by using the links below.


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