1st Feb 2020



(Fully Funded)


DESY Summer Student Programme 2020

Each summer DESY offers undergraduate students in physics, related natural science disciplines or computing the possibility to participate in the research activities of the laboratory. Selected candidates join in the day-to-day work of research groups at the DESY Laboratory in Hamburg or Zeuthen (Berlin) and participate in one of these activities.
While the work in the groups is the main activity, there will also be a series of lectures (given in English) related to the research done at DESY. Visits to the accelerators and experiments are also included in this programme.

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DESY Summer Students join groups engaged in the following activities:

Program A : Experiments with Synchrotron Radiation (only at Hamburg)

Students join photon science groups at DESY engaged in fundamental and applied.
research in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, crystallography, material science, and geological science. Some of the students will work in the frame of the European XFEL project. The work includes participation in activities like preparation and realization of measurements, evaluation of measured data, and technical improvements of instrumentation.

Information about the different categories within A1-A6 can be found here.

Program B : Research in Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics, accelerators and computing:

Summer students will work in the physics analysis, software or detector related fields of experiments in elementary particle physics (ATLAS, CMS, ILC, BELLE II, ALPS II) and astroparticle physics (CTA, IceCube), development of particle accelerators, theory of elementary particles and astroparticles, or computing.

Information about the different categories B1-B6 can be found here

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • physics
  • natural science
  • computing
  • science
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • crystallography
  •  material science
  • eological science
  • software

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

The Summer student programme takes place from July 21 to September 10, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Please take note that due to regulations for paid traineeships in Germany we can only accept students that are enrolled at their university for the whole period of the summerstudent programme.
  • Applicants should have completed, by the summer of 2020, at least three years of full-time studies at university level in physics, related natural science disciplines or computing. Please take note that large majority of projects we offer is for physics students.
  • The main target audiences are students who in summer 2020 are at the following two stages:
    – they are about to obtain their Bachelor degree.
    – they have a Bachelor degree and are within the first year of studies for a Master degree.
  • Applicants who already obtained a master-degree or will obtain the master degree in 2020 are not accepted.
  • Applicants should not have previously been at DESY as a summer student.
  •  all applicants should have a good working knowledge of English, some basic computing skills and are committed to attend the whole programme.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • Allowances: DESY Summer Students will be paid a subsistence allowance to cover living expenses for a single person.
  • Travel expenses: Travel expenses will be subsidized.

How to Apply

First Step: Before applying:

  • Read carefully the conditions and make sure that you fulfil the qualifications.
  • Look through the activities and identify your preferred areas.

Second Step: Documents to be uploaded: 

You will have to upload a few documents (only PDF format is accepted).

The uploading is to be done on the second page of the application:

  • a CV (curriculum vitae), the CV should be in tabular form only and contain personal data, educational history / relevant work experience, computing and other relevant work skills (usually 1-2 pages are sufficient for the complete CV).
  • University grade certificates (e.g. bachelor certificate, credit points, etc.).
  • Applicants from Non-EU and Non-EEA Countries are requested to upload in addition a copy of their valid passport in English language, Please upload it one the second page of the application.
  • Two reference letters: Please note that you need to ask your two referees for their permission before giving their names and email addresses in this online form. The referees will get an automatic email notification with instructions where to upload their reference letters.

Third Step:  Fill in then submit your application. 

If you have any questions please check first if you can find answers on our webpages and in particular in the FAQ. In case you cannot find the answers please write to

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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Akram Salah / Egypt
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