Summer Schools

International Summer Student Program at GSI-FAIR 2022

GSI, the German research center for heavy-ion physics, is one of the world's leading accelerator laboratories for basic research with accelerated ions. The center provides unique research opportunities for investigations in the fields of hadronic and nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, atomic, laser, and plasma physics, materials science, and biophysics with applications to cancer therapy, new accelerator developments and radiation safety.

During the summer months of 2022 GSI-FAIR and HGS-HIRe organise an International Summer Student Program which is offered to a limited number of students in physics or related natural science disciplines from Europe or GSI-FAIR partner countries. Each participant joins one of the GSI-FAIR research groups and works on a small project during the program. In addition a dedicated lecture series is held introducing the various research fields and applications at GSI-FAIR. The program is complemented by introductory soft skills tutorials.

Application deadline: 15 February 2022


Funded summer internship at IST Austria

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is looking for highly qualified Bachelor’s or Master’s students in the fields of biology, chemistry & materials, computer science, data science & scientific computing, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas to apply for the ISTernship program.

The ISTernship (“IST-” + “(int)ernship“) is a summer internship program for students from all over the world who are looking to expand their scientific research experience. As part of the application, prospective interns choose a research group to work in, and successful applicants agree on a research project with the group leader. Internships are full-time and will be conducted exclusively in English.

Duration: 2-3 months between May 15 and September 15. Exact dates and length are decided together with the supervisor.

Financial Support: Each successful candidate receives compensation to assist with the cost of living in Austria and travel to and from Austria.

Application deadline: February 15, 2022


Spring school: Quantum Science and Technologies at Trento

The School will give a basic introduction into the fascinating field of quantum sciences and technologies and the related educational offers at the master’s level available in Trento with the aim to motivate people to pursue this topic in their master degree, possibly at UNITN. The program will provide a series of tutorial lectures on the main topics, given by experts from the research institutes active in Trento on quantum sciences and technologies and will be augmented by lab visits and social events. The School will start with an informal get-together on April 19th in the evening. The School addresses undergraduate students in the last year before their BSc degree. Basic knowledge of quantum physics is assumed. Basic concepts of atomic and optical physics, and quantum information processing will be acquired at the end of the program. Q@TN will be able to sponsor the participation of up to 25 students covering local expenses (lodging, meals and social activities).

Spring School 2022 – Q@TN (
Application deadline: 1st March


DESY Summer Student Program 2022

Each summer DESY offers undergraduate students in physics or related natural science disciplines the possibility to participate in the research activities of the laboratory at the Hamburg or Zeuthen (near Berlin) sites.

The 2022 program will take place from July 19 to September 8. An announcement poster can be found here. The program has been adapted to the special conditions due to the Covid pandemic and consists of two main parts:
1. Work projects: Selected candidates join in the day-to-day work of DESY research groups and participate in one of these activities. We plan to have

  • the majority of work projects on-site,
  • as well as a number of online (remote) work projects.

For the on-site projects everything must of course be conform with the Covid-19 pandemic requirements and restrictions for traveling to (following the guidelines for external users) and working at DESY. Only students who have a EU-conform vaccination will be allowed to participate. Students that are invited for on-site projects are expected to work 39 hours a week. They will receive subsistence allowance (1200 Euro per month), partial travel reimbursement and have the possibility to be accommodated in the DESY Hostel, at a reduced price. Depending on the covid pandemic situation on-site participation in any project can be cancelled at any time; for some of these projects it may be possible to convert them in such a situation into an online project. Online work projects generally require internet connections with sufficient bandwidth, for which each participating student has to take care of him/herself. The online project work is unpaid.
2. Lecture program: While the work in the groups is the main activity, there will also be a series of lectures (given in English) related to the scientific research done at DESY. We are planning to have the lectures mostly on-site plus transmitting them via zoom/webcast.

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

Application deadline: 8 March 2022


Application of Synchrotron Radiation in Nanoscience (

The course focuses on practical characterization of nanoparticles using powder X-ray diffraction, total scattering and pair distribution function analysis, and small angle X-ray scattering using synchrotron radiation. Hands on experience at state of the art instrumentation will train the students in performing experiments at synchrotron facilities. The aim of the course is to highlight the complementarity, differences and strengths of the individual techniques and give the students the tools to make an informed selection of a beamline/instrument and in addition to design an experiment for a specific problem.

Application deadline: 21 March 2022


Summer Student at Fermilab and other US Laboratories (

Physics students will be trained in the research groups working on the new Fermilab initiatives, the mu2e, muon (g-2), nova experiments, as well as future neutrino physics experiments, or in the Fermilab group which collaborates with the CMS experiment at CERN, or in the theory group. For some students the internship may take place in other US laboratories or universities.

Engineering students will be trained in the Fermilab accelerator division, technical division or computing division or in groups working on applied research in other us laboratories or universities. Each intern will be supervised by one mentor, an employee of the US laboratory. The mentor is responsible of the entire training program of the intern for the 9 weeks of permanence on the US soil.

Each intern will present a written report which will be object of evaluation by a University of Pisa committee.

Application deadline: 30 April 2022


UCL Summer School

The module in its scope, aims to offer exposure to the fundamental principles of special and general relativity and their significance to the evolution of the Cosmos. Topics such as stellar interiors, classification and evolution along with galaxy dynamics will be discussed in some detail. The module will culminate with descriptions of current cosmological models and touch up on recent developments of the much discussed dark matter and dark energy mysteries and what they entail to the evolution of the Universe.

Last update: 01-12-2023 - 18:05