Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / GSI Summer Student Program
Before you send us questions by email, please take note of the
The application form and the following response pages will guide you
through all steps of your application with information on how to
submit further required documents that support your application,
like recommendation letters etc.
In particular: All documents have to be supplied only
via web-forms or
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After submission of the application form the response page will show your
Application-Id (make immediatly a
note of the Id), and you will receive
a confirmation key per Email.
and confirmation key 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);
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
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 not located in Europe
are only eligible, if they study at a site
which is collaboration partner with our research
center, i.e. at least one of your local reviewers,
who writes a confidential report in support of your
application, should be a member of a GSI-FAIR collaboration.
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 at 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
- 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 takes place online only;
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;
data have to reach us till Jan. 31.
arrange for two Confidential Reports by scientists of your
university who can provide a balanced evaluation about you;
a current Academic Transcript issued annually or
semester-wise by your faculty (collecting those that cover
your 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 (or
pdf-documents from corresponding university servers) 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.
Confidential Reports and Academic Transcript have to reach
us till Feb. 05
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 international passport, a
Certificate of Enrollment testified by their
University or Faculty, a declaration from the university
concerning the certificate of enrollment, and a declaration
of consent for the electronic processing of your data.
Details are given along the Application procedure.
Further time-line for applicants:
In April the applicants will be informed whether
they have been selected for participation.
Summer Students in the
GSI-FAIR blog: "Beam On"