small logoSummer Undergraduate Research Experience at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland

©1995 CERN Simulated Higgs particle decaying into 4 muons
  • Participate in the renowned CERN Summer Student Lecture Program
  • Join active researchers at CERN
  • Receive stipend and travel reimbursement

The Institute of Particle Physics supports Canadian undergraduate students participating in the CERN summer student programme. To get some idea of what our student are doing during their time at CERN have a look at our list of past recipients with links to their research reports.

CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, is the home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the birthplace of the World Wide Web.

The applications period for the 2016 programme is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January.

Travel and stipend components of this program are generously supported by
the Institute of Particle Physics, the McGill University Office of the Provost,
the University of Alberta Department of Physics, and the University of Victoria Office of the Vice President and Provost.
McGill Univ. of Alberta Univ. of Victoria

©2001 CERN Aerial view of the CERN Large Hadron Collider

The IPP Summer Student Programme

Students selected for the program will spend from late June to the end of August working with active research groups at CERN, one of the world's premier international laboratories. Prior to going to CERN, students will work on a subatomic physics project under a Canadian supervisor in May and June so that they will spend a minimum of 15 weeks on research over the course of the summer. The May-June period is normally spent in Canada during which time students are supported by the supervisor and an NSERC USRA position or a summer studentship at TRIUMF (see below). IPP will assist students to find a suitable project/supervisor. Students are encouraged to learn about some of the possible projects by visiting the IPP Projects page.


The program is open to Canadian Citizens and permanent residents. At the time of application students must be registered in an undergraduate programme at a Canadian university, leading to a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree. They should be within two years of graduation by the beginning of the summer they are applying to spend at CERN. They must be majoring in physics, engineering, or computer science. Students who have previously spent a summer at CERN (whether part of this program or not) are not eligible.

We have arranged the selection process and financial support for these positions to allow students at Canadian universities, who may also be awarded NSERC USRA summer positions, to hold them concurrently. Students can also hold these positions concurrently with a TRIUMF summer student position.

Although the program is administered and partially funded by the Insitute of Particle Physics, the IPP does not have NSERC USRA positions to award and does not administer the TRIUMF positions. Students are encouraged to pursue these options by also applying for an NSERC USRA position at a Canadian university or directly to TRIUMF. Note that the deadlines at the host university or TRIUMF may be earlier.


Applying for the IPP CERN Summer Student programme is easy. You just have to complete these 3 easy steps:

  1. Fill in the NSERC USRA application form.

  2. Verify that the information you have entered is correct and submit the form. A PDF file (Adobe Portable Document format) sent by email is preferred.
  3. Email as attachments the following material to (Please do not return these to CERN but directly to the IPP)
  4. i) A copy of your undergraduate transcript, and
    ii) One or two letters of recommendation (arrange for the letter writers to email directly to the above address), and
    iii) A curriculum vitae, and
    iv) A copy of the NSERC USRA application form.


Please have your application and all supporting materials submitted by January 8, 2016 for full consideration.

We will notify the recipients of these positions before the end of January in time for them to be able to factor them into any decisions they may need to make in February concerning possible NSERC USRA or TRIUMF summer student position offers.


Questions should be directed via e-mail to

Further Information

  • CERN Summer Student Programme
  • CERN Homepage
  • IPP Projects