Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / GSI Summer Student Program
Before you send us questions please take note of the following:
The application form and the following response pages will guide you
through all steps of your application with information of how to
submit further required documents that support your application,
like recommendation letters etc.
In particular: All documents have to be supplied via web-forms or
In the application form certain labels of entry-fields are
in bold face: there your browser will
show supplementary advises concerning this entry, if you place the
mouse above that label and wait a second.
After submission of the apply form the response page will show your
Application-Id, and you will receive
a confirmation key per Email. Both are
required for the further processing of your application.
To whom does the program address?
The Summer Student
Program is an Internship that provides practical and educational
expertise to students in the following study fields:
Natural Sciences: Physics, Accelerator Physics,
Biophysics, Medical Physics, Life sciences: Biology, Medicine
(Tumor Therapy); Material Sciences (Nano Technology);
Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Information Technologies;
Engineering Sciences & Technologies: Electro
Engineering & Micro-Electronics, Mechanical Engineering.
To which education level does it apply?
The Summer Student Program addresses to students on the
advanced undergraduate and Master level: Students are
eligible, if they have at least completed their third year of
studies in their main study discipline before the upcoming
summer. This includes students, who will start PhD studies
right after our summer program. Students, who are already
involved in PhD studies during our summer program, are
excluded, unless they
were eligible applicants of the program 2020 that was
cancelled for covid-19 pandemic reasons.
PhD-Students may alternatively consider GSI-FAIR's
Get_Involved program, which offers individual internships
also for PhD-students.
Are there further eligibility restrictions?
Students who study at universities outside Europe or Russia:
They are only eligible, if they study at a site which is
collaboration partner with our research center, i.e.
at least one of your reviewers should be a member of a
What are the program objectives?
The participants will work on a scientific or technical
project in our Research and Development departments mentored
by a tutor (similar to a small Bachelor project); the project
will be completed by a four page written report and a short
seminar presentation by each participant. Furthermore
introductory lectures on the research objectives and
accomplishments of our center will be presented, supplemented
by soft-skill tutorials. For details have a look on on the
corresponding offers in previous
All participants are expected to take part for the entire
duration of the program.
What kind of financial support does the program offer?
- We offer free lodging in a nearby hotel in rooms with two or
three beds; all Summer Students will stay in the same hotel,
which promotes social and cultural contacts among the
participants including common weekend excursions.....
- a weekly allowance corresponding to the standard for German
students is payed;
- travel support is provided up to a limit of 500 Euro.
What do I need in order to support and complete my application?
- The entire application process goes only on-line;
submissions per email, postal mail or fax are not accepted.
Fill out and submit our Application Form with your contact and
educational data and your project preferences;
two Confidential Reports by scientists of your
university who can provide a balanced evaluation about you;
a current Academic Transcript issued by your
university (covering the educational grades obtained during
the most recent two years (or 4 semester) of your university
or comparable education till last autumn); English
translations are preferred, however copies of original
documents in French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish
and Ukrainian are also accepted. For all other languages you
can supply the original document along with your own
(non-testified) English translation.
Applications together with these documents have to reach us
till Feb. 15
What do I need to do to enter Germany
Applicants who need a visa to enter Germany have to supply us
with a copy of their passport and a Certificate of Enrollment
testified by their University or Faculty. Details are given
along the Application procedure.
Further time-line for applicants:
During the month of
April it will be decided and each applicant will be informed about:
whether the summer program will take place at all; and
in the positive case also the information about the results of
the selection for participation will be given.
Summer Students in the
GSI-FAIR blog: "Beam On"