CERN administers a Doctoral Student Program for those who are interested in working on a thesis while at the laboratory. The idea is to provide an opportunity for students to work on a research topic while at an institution on the cutting edge of science. The program provides 3,679 Swiss Francs (currently about 3,030 Euro) per month in financial support, as well as a travel allowance. The initial contract of association is for six months, renewable for up to three years.
Students must be in or about to start a doctoral-level program in a CERN member state. The area of study must be in one of the following: Applied physics, IT, mathematics, electrical, electronic, mechanical or civil engineering, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, materials science, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection, science communication, surveying, ultra-high vacuum. Students may not apply if their area of study is theoretical or experimental particle physics. Students must be a national of a CERN member state, Romania, or Serbia or have been residing in a member state for the last five years. Applicants must know either English or French.