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Students are not employed but Associated Members of Personnel and the validity of the contract of association is subject to remaining a registered student at their university throughout their contract with CERN.
If you require a visa for France and / or Switzerland please contact email@example.com who will set up the necessary invitation letters. Note that the procedure takes at least 1 month - important point to consider when defining your contract start date with your supervisor.
The subsistence allowance is intended to cover the living expenses of a single person in the Geneva region. For students who are married or in an officially registered partnership (and/or with at least one dependent child), holding a contract of at least 6 months and where the spouse and /or dependent child joins for a period of at least 6 months the subsistence allowance may increase.
Membership to the CERN health insurance scheme (CHIS) is compulsory*. CERN pays 7.71% of the monthly basic allowance and the member pays 4.86%. Further information can be found on the CHIS pages or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: the Organization shall not take any measures to safeguard the students against the financial consequences of old-age and disability, and employment. Should no cover be provided by the home institute the students are under strict obligation to obtain it themselves. There is a possibility to purchase such insurance from the CERN Uniqa office.
* Unless the students are subject to compulsory health insurance in Switzerland (Lamal), in which case CERN shall nevertheless insure them against occupational illnesses and accidents. The students concerned should submit their Lamal insurance certificate to the HR programme coordinator.
EXTERNAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Any financial benefits from external sources during your contract must be reported to the Coordinator and you are required to provide proof of the monthly net amount you receive. If this support is directly related to your placement at CERN, it will be deducted from the CERN subsistence.
Students who are living more than 70 km away from Geneva (distance by airplane in a straight line) and are not already registered at CERN, will receive a travel allowance on a flat rate basis, calculated on your place of residence only (provided that they take up residence within a radius of 50 km from Geneva).