FAQ after selection - Student Programmes
The CERN Contract
Once you have confirmed your contract dates with your supervisor and you have sent us the required documents (Home Insitution Declaration, ID or passport...), we will take the necessary action to prepare your contract.
The contract preparation will normally take between two or three weeks after we have received your documents. Once established, the contract will be sent to you by e‐mail. You should then sign it and return it by scan to: email@example.com
You should come at 8:30 am (unless indicated otherwise) to the reception of building 33.
No, you are expected to start work on the following Monday. This also applies if your contract starts on a Sunday. Should your contract start on an official holiday, you are expected to start work on the next working day.
For contracts established after the 24th April 2013, the initial duration of the association contract is 6 months. The contract may be extended by two periods of 12 months, followed by a last extension of 6 months. The maximum duration of a doctoral student contract may not exceed three years.
A progress report on the student's work is required for extensions after 18 months and after 30 months.
The Subsistence Allowance
If you are entitled to travel reimbursement, CERN will reimburse it upon arrival on a flat rate basis from your place of residence. The reimbursement will be processed on your first working day and no proof of transport will be required.
You will receive your first payment and all future payments around the 25th of each month.
For Summer Students - It is written on your contract.
For Doc, Tech, Admin Students - It will be communicated with you by email.
For Doc, Tech, Admin Students - Yes, you will need to open a Swiss bank account as you are paid in Swiss Francs. CERN has a bank on site (UBS) and you can open the account on your first working day.
For Summer Students - No, you will be paid in cash every month.
Should no cover for disability be provided by your home institute, you are under the strict obligation to obtain it yourself. The Social Affairs Service at CERN will be able to help you find an appropriate insurance and there is also a possibility to purchase such insurance from the CERN UNIQA office.
Membership of the CERN health insurance scheme (CHIS) is compulsory. CHIS provides for reimbursement of a major portion of reasonable and customary expenses resulting from medical treatment within the conditions specified in its Rules, incurred by its Members. CERN pays 7.71% of the monthly basic allowance and the member pays 4.86% of the monthly basic allowance. CERN also pays an additional premium which covers professional accidents and illness insurance (0.12% of the monthly basic allowance). Further information can be found on the CHIS pages or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org .The Organization shall not take any measures to safeguard students against the financial consequences of old-age and disability, and unemployment. Should no cover for disability be provided by the home institute the students are under the strict obligation to obtain it themselves. There is a possibility to purchase such insurance from the CERN UNIQA office.