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    Funding for Young Researchers

    Several instruments exist for PostDocs  for personal fellowships or project grants in Switzerland. The funding can be claimed on a national level (SNSF, PostDoc Mobility) or European level (ERC, MSCA). 


    ERC Starting Grants

    European Research Coucil (ERC) Starting Grants are designed to support excellent researchers at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team and an idea for a ground-breaking high risk/high gain research project. 

    From 2-7 years after PhD 



    SNSF Eccellenza

    The SNSF Eccellenza scheme is aimed at highly qualified young researchers who are aiming for a permanent professorship. This scheme enables them to achieve their goal as leaders of a generously funded research project and team at a higher education institution in CH.  

    From 3-8 years after PhD 




    Ambizione, Ambizione-PROSPER and Ambizione-SCORE grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The funding scheme promotes qualified researchers from Switzerland and abroad. 

    Up to 4 years after PhD



    SNSF Promoting Women in Academia

    PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent female researchers from Switzerland and abroad who aspire to a professorship in Switzerland. PRIMA grantees lead their own research project at a Swiss higher education institution. 

    2 years experience after PhD


    SNSF professorships

    SNSF professorships address young researchers who intend to pursue an academic career and wish to establish their own team to realise a research project. An SNSF professorship includes the researcher's salary, salaries of employees & a contribution to infrastructure

    From PhD onwards

    MSCA Individual Fellowships

    MSCA Individual Fellowships aim at enhancing the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers through advanced training and international and intersectoral mobility. European or global Fellowships are exsiting. 

    From 4 Years Research Experience OR PhD Onwards



    Marie Heim-Vögtlin grants are aimed at female doctoral students and postdocs who interrupted or reduced their research due to family commitments. Thanks to MHV grants, candidates can boost or re-start their career with a research project of their own and improve their scientific profile.

    Women with non-linear career path

    Early Postdoc.Mobility

    Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. The fellowships include a grant towards living costs, a flat-rate for travel expenses. 

    Submission up to 2 years after obtaining the doctorate 


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