COFUND Fellowships

For many years, CERN has operated an international Fellowship programme, offering scientists and engineers challenging opportunities in particle physics research, and in related fields of physics and technology. The programme provides an excellent possibility for work, research and constant training to those who are interested in science and technology at the highest level.

CERN is proud to be involved in COFUND, a European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, to stimulate mobility and career development through fellowship programmes.

What is COFUND?

COFUND is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme and complements the CERN Fellowship programme by offering 3-year contracts instead of the standard 2-year duration, as well as the possibility to spend up to 12 months of the Fellowship at a university, research institute or an industrial company of their choice outside CERN.

Who are the COFUND Fellows?

COFUND Fellows are the highest-ranked applicants. The possibility of spending up to one year outside CERN fosters international cooperation and enables researchers to gain an insight into leading fields of knowledge of technology and science to become the innovators of tomorrow.

What are the main fields of this programme?

COFUND Fellows may work in fields including engineering, particle physics and applied sciences.

COFUND is open to all nationalities. Applicants will have a PhD or at least four years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes, and a maximum of ten years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes.


Please note that all positions for ongoing COFUND projects have been filled.


Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.

  • Stipend range : 7012 CHF to 8043 CHF per month (stipends are net of internal taxation).
  • Contract duration : 36 months. 
  • Travel expenses at the beginning and end of the contract (depending on individual circumstances).
  • Installation indemnity (depending on individual circumstances).
  • Family allowance, child allowance, infant allowance (depending on individual circumstances).
  • Pension Fund membership (contribution automatically deducted from stipend).
  • Membership of the Health Insurance scheme (contribution automatically deducted from stipend).
  • Full remuneration for the first 12 months of sick leave. Medical certificate required for any absence of more than three consecutive days.
  • 40 hours working week.
  • 2.5 days paid annual leave per month.
  • CERN housing service helps finding local accommodation; visa service; social affairs service.

For more information and instructions on how to apply consult the Fellowship Programme

All eligible applications go through a ranking procedure.

Applications from candidates in applied science and engineering are ranked by a panel of experts at CERN.

Applications from candidates in particle physics are forwarded by us to the appropriate National Delegations in the Member States for appraisal.The appropriate National Delegation for each candidate is usually considered to be the same as the passport nationality of the candidate. However, applications from Member State candidates who did/are doing their PhD in a different Member State to that of their passport nationality are generally submitted to that Delegation. If revelant, candidates should state their preference of Member State on their application (in the "Motivation" section).

All applications for Fellowship are considered by the Associates and Fellows Committee which meets twice per year, usually in May and November.

Successful applicants are normally expected to take up their appointments within 6 months of the relevant Selection Committee.