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CERN Fellowship Opportunities 2020/2021

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by Impactpool

Published on: 10 February 2021

Accelerate your career at CERN and take part in today’s biggest scientific breakthroughs!

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Take part in the Fellowship Programme


What could be a better boost for your career than a work experience in one of the largest scientific experiments in the world at the cutting edge of technology, to develop your technical skills, knowledge and expertise?

If you’re a recent graduate from university or a technical institute, you’re no doubt looking for the chance to make your mark. Here it is: you could spend up to three years working right at the forefront of scientific research. As a Fellow, you could join us for research work in particle physics or take part in advanced development work in a broad range of applied science, engineering and technical fields. Whichever route you take, it will be an extraordinary experience. An experience like nowhere else on Earth.


Categories of Fellowships


CERN offers different categories of fellowship in line with different levels of education and experience. Browse the following categories to find the one that best matches your profile. Take part by applying for a:

  • Junior Fellowship, for nationals of Member or Associate Member States with a BSc or MSc degree and no more than 4 years’ experience after completing your highest diploma,
  • Senior Fellowship, if you have a PhD or at least four years’ experience post-MSc (or equivalent diploma which gives access to doctoral programmes), and a maximum of 10 years’ experience.
  • Senior Research (Theoretical & Experimental) Fellowship, for researchers in the fields of theoretical and experimental physics holding a PhD and up to ten years’ experience in your field.
  • Post Career Break Fellowship, if you have the profile of either a Junior or Senior Fellow and have been on a career break for personal reasons (for example for family or caring responsibilities, health issues) for at least two years.


How does it work?


Calls for applications open twice per year, for a period of several months closing respectively in March and in September. All applications for Fellowships are reviewed by the Associates and Fellows Committee made up of a panel of CERN experts who meet usually in May and November, to finalise the selection process. Please note that Senior Research Theoretical physicists are only selected at the November committee.

We wish you all the best for your application for this enriching programme!

CERN also participates in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions which fund individual fellowships for candidates of any nationality. All open opportunities will be listed below along with the standard Fellowship programmes.


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