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Application process

The application to HERCULES 2025 will open on 26th August and will close on 6th October 2024.



  • Students enrolled in a doctoral programme since the 1st October 2024, the latest
  • Postdoctoral and junior scientists from academic or industrial laboratories



Before Sunday 6th October 2024:

Applicants will have to fill in the application form asking for:

  • personal (identity, birth, and address) and professional (position*, lab, field of research, ...) information
    *including an upload of the CNRS contract when applicable
  • upload a PDF file containing: 1-a short curriculum vitae with a section devoted to already performed and/or planned experiments at large scale facilities (specify for each of them the facility and the instrument), 2- a motivation letter, and 3- for PhD students only: the academic records for the last year at University before starting your PhD (Master 2 or equivalent)
  • upload a copy of your passport (mandatory if you are not from the European Union) or ID card

The PhD / Postdoc supervisor or, for other status, the group leader, will have to fill in a supporting report (click here to download the template file), specify the name of the applicant in the file name, and send it to



    Mid November: The Hercules Committee will proceed to the selection of the participants.

    Then, selected participants will be asked, before 1st December, to:

    • confirm their participation,
    • create their ILL user account and fill in the required information.
    • proceed to the payment of the registration fees.

    Additional formalities will have to be done later on, for the registration to be completed. See more details and deadlines here.

    For the applicants who are a national from a country outside the European Union, you will need a valid passport and possibly a Schengen visa. Please check for the visa application and do, if needed, the necessary formalities as soon as you receive the answer, as it usually takes long.