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CERN funding

A trip to CERN can be inspirational for students. Trust funding helps to ensure the experience can be made available to any students, regardless of their background or financial situation.

Secondary schools that are members of the School Partnerships programme, or have previously been members, are eligible to apply for funding towards trips to CERN.

A school can apply for funding to support:

  1. Pupils not able to otherwise meet the cost of the trip (indicated by pupil premium or the 16-19 bursary or a scholarship pupil at an independent school).
  2. Pupils in other extenuating circumstances (eg those with a disability, special educational need or other financial need that may prevent them from attending, such as requiring to purchase a passport).
  3. Pupils from state funded schools that meet our priority audiences including those that live in remote rural or disadvantaged areas and those whose parents have not been to university.

Applications will be assessed according to the above priority audiences.

The average grant per application awarded in 2019-20 was £857. We typically look to offer up to £100 per pupil eligible for pupil premium or equivalent, so please be aware that the school or pupils will need to complete additional fundraising.

The autumn term applications are now open. Please read our guidelines and follow the flexigrant link to make your application, which must be submitted by Friday 15 December 2022.

*if you have already started an application please do not follow the application link. Instead, you should login to flexigrant and access your account directly.

You should also be aware that:

  • COVID protocols for entering Switzerland and CERN are in still place, and these may change over time. It is your responsibility to fully consider and understand these requirements before planning a trip; an award of funding is not a reflection of a school’s ability to meet the requirements. Please follow this link to read about the COVID-19 protocol.

Funding is only available to secondary schools that are currently, or have previously been, a member of the Ogden School Partnerships programme. Please contact Paul Sapple before applying if you are unsure if your school is eligible.

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