Join in for a summer of science!


Are you a science undergraduate looking for a summer to remember? Then why not join our summer bachelor programme?

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The summer has always been a great time for new adventures, travelling and meeting people. But how often do you get the chance to make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

That’s why this year the ESRF and ILL have teamed up with the University Joseph Fourier (UJF) in Grenoble to offer a  Summer Bachelor Programme, from 3rd June to 13th July.

The six-week course provides a unique opportunity to study physics hands-on in an iconic scientific environment. Alexandre Simionovici, a long-standing user of the ESRF, and professor of physics at UJF, will host the lectures on large scale facilities and how synchrotron radiation and neutrons can be used in research.

In parallel to the science programme, tutorials, laboratory work and site visits, you’ll be learning French, meeting students of the same age from all across Europe and tasting the cultural and great outdoor scenes that Grenoble has to offer.

And Grenoble has more to offer than just science: set in southern France, it is justly named the capital of the Alps. From the old town centre, the city is surrounded by three different mountain ranges. All outdoor activities are catered for, the only problem is finding the time to fit them all in!

Get a scholarship from ESRF and ILL

The summer programme is open to students in their 2nd to 4th year of university at a price of 500€ plus accommodation and transport.

The ESRF and ILL are offering 4 scholarships for the summer school. This means you can join the summer school all expenses paid (excluding travel costs to and from Grenoble). How's that for a great opportunity?

The ESRF is the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe. Each year several thousand researchers travel to Grenoble, where they work in a first-class scientific environment to conduct exciting experiments at the cutting edge of modern science.

On top of covering the tuition and living expenses, we are offering our scholars a two-week placement in a research group, from 15-26 July. You'll get the chance to be part of a multicultural experimental team, using the best instrumentation currently available in world-class research.


Make this summer a once-in-a-lifetime experience: take part in our summer school!

The deadline for applications is 22nd March 2013.

Apply for a scholarship

More information on the UJF Summer Bachelor Programme


Text by Kirstin Colvin

Top image: Students get hands-on experience in one of the ESRF's experimental stations.