Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / GSI Summer Student Program

Before you send us questions by email, 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 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 web-uploads.

In the application form let your mouse hover over bold face label and wait a second: then your browser will show supplementary information concerning this entry.

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.
Both, Application-Id 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 excluded.
    • 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 programs.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    1. The entire application process takes place online only; submissions per email, postal mail or fax are not accepted.
    2. Fill out and submit our Application Form with your contact and educational data and your project preferences;
      these data have to reach us till Jan. 31.
    3. arrange for two Confidential Reports by scientists of your university who can provide a balanced evaluation about you;
    4. 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.   

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    Summer Student Program
    Planckstr. 1
    64291 Darmstadt
Phone:+49 6159 71 2746
Organizers (GSI/ FAIR): Ralf Averbeck, Arnaud Le Fèvre, Yvonne Leifels, Haik Simon, Jörn Knoll
Secretary: Gabriela Menge
Graduate School: Henner Büsching, Gerhard Burau
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