The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting technical Doctoral Students from Germany at CERN for a period of up to 3 years. Goal of the program is to train students from German universities in an international, world-class high-tech environment with close links to industry. The German Doctoral Student Programme is fully integrated into the general CERN Doctoral Student Programme under the same employment conditions, but funded by the BMBF.
Potentially interested applicants apply directly at CERN for the general CERN Doctoral Student Programme. A separate application on the Wolfgang Gentner scholarship is not required. After application deadline, in a pre-selection for the award of Wolfgang Gentner Scholarships all candidates with EU citizenship are considered, if they are or will be enrolled at a German university.
All applications are ultimately evaluated by the CERN Technical and Doctoral Student Committee (TSC), which takes the final decision on the selection of candiates.
In the interest of a successful application, applicants should inform beforehand about possible topics and should contact the relevant supervisors at CERN. The list of current topics of the CERN Doctoral Student Programme is continuously adapted to the CERN work program.
It is recommended to set-up early links with the future supervisor at CERN, and the advisor at the home university in Germany. An application can also be done without giving a specific topic or supervisor. In any case, the final selection and topic assignment is make by the Technical and Doctoral Student Committee (TSC).
CERN's main task is to provide and to operated major infrastructure to perform basic research in physics at the highest energies and other frontiers of current research. This involves a large number of engineering and technical tasks and topics. Students from field of engineering are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the Doctoral Student Programme.
Topics generally excluded from the Programme are any studies of experimental or theoretical nuclear and particle physics.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
- German national or national of an EU country, which also needs to be a CERN Member Country (Member State or Associate Member State)
- Enrolled (or to be enrolled) at a German university during the Scholarship
- Graduated (Master degree) and eligible for doctoral studies when starting at CERN
- Good knowledge of English or French
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
After successfully selection students may start at CERN after 1-2 months at the earliest. During their stay at CERN, students are fully integrated into the appropriate workgroup. Supervision is provided by CERN staff in close collaboration with the professor at the home institute, who is acting as principal supervisor of the thesis. Work progress is documented by regular reports.
All students of the CERN Doctoral Student Programme receive a tax-free subsistence and, if applicable, further benefits such as family or children allowances according to the rules and regulations of the Programme.
The Wolfgang Gentner Programme supports regular trips to the students home university and to annual meetings of the respective national scientific society in Germany, and travel of supervisor to and from CERN.