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US State Department: Research Abroad at CERN



CERN is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is located just outside of Geneva, Switzerland. The U.S. State Department funds a Research Abroad at CERN experience for undergraduates from any institution in the United States to travel to CERN and gain valuable first-hand experience by working on current projects with world-renowned physicists at the forefront of research in their field. Participants will join an active research group and engage in ongoing work involving a wide variety of high energy topics including Higgs boson analysis, supersymmetry searches, trigger studies, detector develpment and upgrades, and much more! 



An application is required to be considered for this opportunity. Applicants must be an undergraduate student studying at a US institution and must be a US citizen. Students should minimally be of sophomore standing. Applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Being a physics major is not required, but applicants should have a career interest in physics. Students interested in applying will be required to submit one letter of recommendation along with their application. No academic credit is granted as part of this program. If a student participates during the regular academic year (September - April) they should consult with their home institution regarding any impacts to academic progress and enrollment.

University of Michigan students are eligible to apply for this program.



This one-semester program is funded by the United States State Department through the US Mission in Geneva, Switzerland. Participating students will receive a stipend of $10,000 to be used towards their airfare and living expenses while in Switzerland. There are no program fees.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to run the program for the January-April 2022 semester, but we are hoping to be able to offer the program in the summer of 2022 as well as the Fall 2022 semester. Updated application dates and deadlines will appear here as more information becomes available.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the program, we invite you to fill out the application by clicking the button below! Applications for the Summer 2022 program are due no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on January 30, 2022.

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