CERN Post Career Break Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: 1 March 2016
Open to: students wishing to re-start their careers with either a Junior or a Senior Fellow profile
Fellowship: fellows stipends are calculated individually


CERN invites applications for post career break graduate fellowship from students wishing to re-start their careers. Fellowships are awarded both for research work (experimental or theoretical physics) and advanced development work and related research in a broad range of applied science, computing and engineering fields. Fellowship is aimed at candidates with either a Junior or a Senior Fellow profile depending on the qualifications and experience of the individual. One 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 your original project at CERN.


  • Applicants from CERN member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Associate members: Pakistan, Turkey)
  • You have been on a career break for personal reasons such as family or caring responsibilities or health issues for at least 2 years. Periods of unemployment do not count as a career break within this programme.
  • You have a Masters level diploma or PhD with between 4 and 10 years relevant experience after the MSc (Senior Fellow profile), if you are applying in experimental or theoretical physics, you have a PhD (or are about to finish your thesis). Or you have a BSc or technical engineer diploma with no more than 4 years relevant experience (Junior Fellow profile). Junior Fellows must be nationals of one of CERN’s Member States.
  • Candidates who are registered as CERN Users may be asked to justify how their status relates to their application.

What does fellowship offer?

  • The possibility to work full-time or part-time (minimum 22 hours per week);
  • An initial 2-year contract;
  • 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 (pro rata according to working hours);
  • 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);
  • Allowances: Family allowance, child allowance and infant allowance are paid to Fellows according to their individual circumstances;
  • School fees: Fellows are entitled to reimbursement of school fees of dependent children subject to certain conditions and within certain financial ceilings;
  • Also offer help with finding suitable accommodation.

How to apply?

The mode of application is online. Applicants used to submit the following documents:

  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • a cover letter explaining the reasons for the career break and your motivations for wishing to return to work;
  • a list of publications if relevant (for collaborations, please indicate simply the number of publications and only provide details of the most important ones);
  • statement of research interests (if not already included in the application form);
  • a scan of the last (highest) qualification;
  • two letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements referring to your most recent relevant academic or professional experience.

 For more information please visit the official website.

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