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 application period for the 2019 programme will announced in autumn 2018.

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

©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.

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 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.


To apply for the IPP Summer Student Fellowship, please email, as attachments, the following material to

i) A copy of the completed application form,
ii) A copy of your undergraduate transcript, and
iii) One or two letters of recommendation (arrange for the letter writers to email directly to the above address), and
iv) A curriculum vitae.


The deadline for the 2019 programme will be posted at the end of 2018.


Questions should be directed via e-mail to

Further Information

  • CERN Summer Student Programme
  • CERN Homepage
  • IPP Projects