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

How it 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. They donated from their share of the Prize and the Grant Scheme was established with the first students selected in 2014. Since 2014, Grants have been awarded on an annual basis.

The Grant:

Selected candidates will receive a stipend to spend one year at CERN followed by one year at their host institute. Students will work as research physicists within the ATLAS collaboration, as part of the work required to obtain their PhDs. During their time at CERN, students will receive daily supervision from ATLAS scientists. 

Our goals:

- to offer a unique educational opportunity to underprivileged students to meet and work with world-class specialists at ATLAS;

- to fuel a spirit of scientific curiosity and take the students one step closer to their own scientific discoveries;

- to engage home universities and ensure they guide their students successfully to a PhD degree; and

- to strengthen scientific collaboration across the world and bring home institutes, ATLAS and CERN closer together.

Some testimonials:

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.

Our impact:

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.


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