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

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 Institute of Particle Physics supports Canadian undergraduate students participating in the CERN summer student program. 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.

Student applications are now being accepted for the 2019 program, with an application deadline of Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January.

©2001 CERN Aerial view of the CERN Large Hadron Collider

The IPP Summer Student Program

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.

A good idea of the kinds of possible research projects students may be involved in can be gained from viewing student research papers from previous years.


The program is open to Canadian Citizens and permanent residents. At the time of application students must be registered in an undergraduate program 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.


To apply for the IPP Summer Student Fellowship:

  • please email, as a single attachment in PDF format, the following material to
  • i) A copy of the completed application form,
    ii) Your curriculum vitae, and
    iii) A copy of your undergraduate transcript.

  • also arrange for one or two letters of recommendation to be emailed by the letter writers directly to
  • (Note: Do not send these to CERN but directly to the IPP)


    The application deadline for the 2019 program is Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

    We will notify successful applicants before the end of January in time for them to take action on possible NSERC USRA or TRIUMF summer student position offers.


    Questions should be directed via e-mail to

    Further Information

  • CERN Summer Student Program
  • CERN Homepage
  • IPP Projects
  • Travel and stipend components of this program are generously supported by the following partners:

    Univ. of Alberta Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute McGill Toronto Univ. of Victoria