Apply for ATLAS PhD Scholarship

Deadline: 15 August 2015
Open to: PhD students enrolled at a university that is a member of the ATLAS collaboration
Scholarship: CHF 3,679 per month (approximately EUR 3,524)


CERN is announcing a call for the creation grant scheme to encourage young and high-caliber doctoral students in particle physics research (including computing for physics) and permit them to obtain world class exposure, supervision and training within the ATLAS collaboration.

This special PhD Grant is aimed to graduate students preparing a doctoral thesis in particle physics (incl. computing for physics) to spend one year at CERN followed by one year support also at the home institute. Candidates may already have a thesis subject defined with their home university OR they may be looking for a thesis subject.


  • You are enrolled at a university that is a member of the ATLAS collaboration;
  • You have started or are about to start a doctoral programme;
  • Your work envisaged at CERN is part of the thesis work required to obtain your PhD. Daily supervision of the student during the period at CERN will be the responsibility of a CERN Member of Personnel. The award of the degree remains the responsibility of the applicant’s university;
  • You have a good knowledge of English OR French;


The Grant will cover 2 years funding of the PhD thesis, specifically one year at CERN at a rate of CHF 3,679 per month (approximately EUR 3,524) and one year at the home institute at a reduced rate.

How to apply?

Applications are considered by a dedicated Selection Committee held at CERN. Results are communicated after the Committee. Eligible candidates should complete the eRT application including:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Statement of research interest;
  • CV;
  • 2 references;
  • Letter of confirmation from the ATLAS group leader to accept supervision of the thesis work (could be one of the referees);
  • Diploma;
  • Proof of enrollment in a collaborating university.

Deadline for applying is 15 August 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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