Swiss Government Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
Swiss Government invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers from eligible and interested candidates
About- Switzerland is considered a non-associated third country for project proposals in Horizon Europe and related programs and calls under Work Programme 2022. For mono-beneficiary schemes such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships, early-career researchers with a destination in Switzerland are not eligible to apply for European fellowships. For this reason, the SNSF is offering an alternative, comparable call for proposals as part of the transitional measures in 2022. The aim is to maintain Switzerland’s strong position as a research hub. Applicants who intend to apply for an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research and training in Switzerland under Horizon Europe can submit their proposal to the SNSF. Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
- Swiss Government Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
Research/Job Area- Various research area
Location- Swiss cantonal universities and research institutes
Important: Applicants whose applications were rejected in the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 call may submit a revised application involving the same host institution if they have achieved an evaluation score of at least 6.3 out of 9. The same regulation applies under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships, where at least 70% of the maximum score is required.
The following criteria apply to the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships:
- The scheme is open to all research disciplines and topics.
- Applicants must have a PhD degree and not more than eight years of postdoctoral experience. They want to pursue further scientific training at a non-commercial research institution in Switzerland for 12-24 months.
- The grant includes the postdoctoral fellow’s salary with social security contributions, financial contributions to research and conference costs.
- The proposal is submitted in one step and must include the research plan, the CV and major scientific achievements, the research output list, the career plan, the host institute’s confirmation and the supervisor’s support letter.
- The evaluation will be conducted remotely based on expert reviews in a single step and without interviews.
- The following evaluation criteria apply: ‘excellence’, ‘impact’, and ‘quality and efficiency of the implementation’.
- Host institutions and supervisors must agree to ensure suitable conditions so applicants can receive the appropriate training and support.
- The call will open on 1 September 2022 and close on 1 December 2022.
- The applicants will be informed of the final decisions in June 2023. The projects can start at the earliest in July 2023.
The funding of the projects is expressly subject to the approval of Parliament within the Confederations’ credit and budget process.
How to Apply-
Submission of proposals
You must submit your proposal to the SNSF via the electronic mySNF platform, for which you will need a mySNF user account.
To ensure timely access and submission of all necessary information and documents, new user accounts should be requested one month before the submission deadline. The mySNF account will remain valid for future applications and the duration of the approved projects.
- For registration: mySNF
- Creating the online application (Art. 4.2 Call Document)
- Guidelines for submitting a proposal for an SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship via mySNF (PDF)
Documents required for the application:
Eligibility criteria for the host institution: