CERN European Research Council Grants


Talented early-career scientists with a proven track record of excellent supervised work are invited to receive CERN European Research Council Grants at a European host institution. Depending on candidates’ experience, scholarships up to €2.5 million are available for a period of 5 years. Application process is ongoing.

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Opportunity of Research Council Grants

The European Research Council, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premiere European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe. The ERC offers four core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between their pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation.

Candidates may apply to be hosted by CERN in the fields of engineering as well as research and applied physics. Researchers will benefit from a CERN Staff Member contract for the corresponding duration of the grant, up to a maximum of 5 years, CERN’s comprehensive health scheme for you and your family as well as membership of the CERN Pension Fund. Depending on your individual circumstances, an installation grant, family, child, and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva may be provided. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organization.

Application process is ongoing.


Main criteria

  • Candidates of any nationality may apply to be hosted by CERN in the fields of engineering as well as research and applied physics
  • For the Starting Grant applications candidates should demonstrate 2-7 years of experience post-completion of Ph.D. as well as a promising scientific track record
  • For the Consolidator Grant applications 7-12 years of experience post-completion of Ph.D. are necessary
  • Three letters of recommendation as well as a CV and a list of your 10 most important publications or notes are required

Find out more about CERN European Research Council Grants.

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