ICFO – Summer Fellowships 2024

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), based in the seaside town of Castelldefels on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, is devoted to research and education at the highest international level.

For a period of 3 months, between June and September 2024, ICFO will host its summer research fellowship program, providing a unique opportunity to undergraduate students to engage for approximately twelve weeks of full-time research in the research topics active at ICFO under the supervision and mentorship of ICFO Group Leaders.

The Program aims to give students an early exposure to frontier science and research, and offer outstanding undergraduate students the chance to experience first-hand the excitement and challenges posed by research projects within the variety of the ICFO research fields. While conducting a challenging research project, Fellows engage in a focused training program covering the basics and applications of the different research topics active at the institute.

Projects may be undertaken with any Research Group. Research lines include, but are not limited to:
- Atto-Science, Ultrafast Optics & Nonlinear Optics
- Photovoltaics, Thermal Photonics & Solar Fuels
- Optical Sensing & Optoelectronics
- NanoPhotonics & NanoMechanics
- Ultracold Quantum Gases
- Quantum and Low-Dimensional Materials
- Quantum Communications, Sensing & Simulation
- Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
- Nanophotonics, Condensed Matter Physics & Light-Matter Interactions
- Medical Optics
- Biophysics, Biophotonics & Super-Resolution Imaging

Interested students should browse the different research group profiles available on the ICFO website, https://www.icfo.eu/lang/research, to identify the groups that best match their interests.
The ICFO Summer Fellows Program is supported by the Fundacio Catalunya-La Pedrera Ignacio Cirac Program Chair @ ICFO.

In addition, internal Undergraduate and Master student opportunities might become available, for which we may retain candidates applying to this present call.


The program attracts outstanding students, ideally within the last two years of their Master-equivalent or Engineering degree studies. Eligible areas include Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

Please note that this particular summer program is mostly focused on students enrolled in National Universities, who will be given priority.

Although outstanding international applicants may be considered, eligible international undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply to the "Student Research Fellowships” program (launched twice a year: February and October).

ICFO is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions of persons with disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.


The fellowships are offered for a period of 3 months, between mid-June and September 2024, and are non-renewable. The standard fellowship duration is three months, although specific conditions may be negotiated during the selection process.

The fellowships include a stipend of 600 euros monthly gross, for full-time dedication. Eligible travel expenses are also covered.