The ATLAS PhD Grant Scheme aims at encouraging young, talented and motivated PhD students in particle physics research and computing for physics, offering them a unique opportunity to enhance their studies in a top-notch research environment under the supervision and training of ATLAS collaboration experts. 

How it all started

In 2013, Fabiola Gianotti and Peter Jenni, ATLAS spokespersons at the time, received the Fundamental Physics Special Breakthrough Prize for their leadership role in the discovery of the Higgs boson. With a donation from their share of the Prize, the Grant Scheme was established and the first students were selected in 2014. Since 2014, the Grants have been awarded on an annual basis.

The selected candidates receive a stipend to spend one year at CERN followed by one year at their host institute. They work as research physicists within the ATLAS collaboration as part of the work required to obtain their PhDs. Daily supervision during the period at CERN is provided by ATLAS scientists. 

Our ambitions

- Offer a unique educational opportunity to underprivileged students to meet and work with world-class specialists in the field;

- Fuel their spirit of scientific curiosity and take them one step closer to their own scientific discoveries;

- Engage the home universities and ensure they guide the students successfully to a PhD degree;

- Strengthen scientific collaboration, bringing closer the home institutes with ATLAS and CERN.

What the students say

Artem (RU), Nedaa (PS) and Ruth (DE), who received the Grant in 2016, share in this video what the ATLAS PhD Grant means to them and their research work.

Your donation to their education can change lives

So far, 12 students have had the opportunity to work on part of their PhD thesis at CERN. The Grant Scheme though is a time-limited fund, sustained over the years thanks to the generous support of private donors and sponsors. To prolong the life of the fund, every donation matters.

Consider supporting the CERN & Society Programme with your donation. Together, we can do even greater things!