Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad. Scientists holding non-professorial academic positions at higher education institutions are also eligible to submit an application. An Ambizione grant covers the grantee's salary and the funds needed to carry out the project. An Ambizione project grant, however, comprises only project funds.
SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF)
Following Switzerland’s non-association to Horizon Europe as of 2021, early-career researchers with destination Switzerland are not eligible to apply for monobeneficiary schemes such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual postdoctoral fellowship. The SNSF is therefore offering a comparable call for proposals as part of the transitional measures in 2021.
The scheme is open to all research disciplines and topics. This funding scheme will offer applicants with a PhD and no more than eight years of postdoctoral experience a position 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.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists
The Swiss Government, through the Federal commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. The scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.
Scholars at Risk
In collaboration with Scholars at Risk Switzerland, the SNSF is supporting placements of researchers under threat in Switzerland.
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships is a program that opens doors for students from India, Singapore and Australia to the world of Swiss academia. The scholarship accepts students who have completed their 2nd year of graduation or post-graduation, while being enrolled with an Indian, Singaporean or Australian university.
Scholarships offered by different Universities and Institutes
Fellowship Programmes by the EPFL
Doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies.
Next application deadline: Currently no open call
EPFL and the Cyber-Defence Campus “CYD Fellowships” to promote research and education in cyber-defence.
- allow ETH scientists to bring collaborators from the Global South to ETH Zurich for a research stay or a workshop/conference attendance.
- fund ETH scientists to travel to partner institutions in the Global South for lectures, courses and collaboration meetings.
The mentorship entails remote support of doctoral students in low- and lower-middle-income countries as well as a research stay of 1-3 months at ETH Zurich.
The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships promote doctoral research for the benefit of underprivileged people in low-income countries.
The Engineering for Development (E4D) Continuing Education Scholarship Programme awards scholarships for travel and living expenses to candidates from low-income countries to attend continuing education programmes at ETH Zurich.
Collegium Helveticum fellowships
The Collegium Helveticum is the joint Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of the ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, and the Zurich University of the Arts. The fellowship program seeks to promote exchange and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. The fellowship program is open to applicants from all academic and artistic disciplines. Depending on the fellowship type, fellows either receive a grant equivalent to full salary or a financial allowance to support them in their work for the duration of their fellowship.
Kanton Basel Stadt: Stipendienkommission für Nachwuchskräfte aus Entwicklungsländern
Unterstützt wird während maximal dreier Jahren (in der Regel 1-2 Jahre) die Ausbildung von Studierenden und anderen Nachwuchskräften aus Entwicklungsländern in Basel. In erster Linie werden Dissertationen und Post-Docs gefördert. Einreichefrist für Gesuche: jeweils 31. März und 30. September. Der Antrag kann nur von der betreuenden Person eingereicht werden.
Stipendienkommission für Nachwuchskräfte aus Entwicklungsländern
c/o Amt für Ausbildungsbeiträge
Telefon: 061 267 17 41
Visiting Fellowships 2023 Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel
for 3 months in for autumn 2023. The initiative is designed to establish new academic mobility and exchange in teaching and research. The thematic focus is on “Global Convergences: Cultures and Politics of Artificial Intelligence in Globality Research.” The closing date for applications is January 31 2023.
NEWAL supports the capacity-development of West African partners by offering support for short term research exchanges of either students or faculty at Swiss partner institutions. These specific exchanges aims to strengthen the scientific exchange, to help develop stronger personal ties between the West African and Swiss NEWAL organizations and to promotoe collaborative research or teaching activities.
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) provides PhD and Early Career fellowships for women scientists from selected Science and Technology-Lagging Countries (STLCs). The fellowships are offered to women scientists to pursue research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences.
Funding is granted for 2-year post-doctoral fellowships as well as 5-year “Chairs” for more established researchers on a priority topic aligned with AXA and the Society. The Fund only covers expenses directly connected to the research activity, excluding any administrative and infrastructural expenses.
Gerda Henkel Scholarships
Applications for can be made directly by Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification. A research scholarship is usually applied for by one scholar who will work on a specific project on his own. An institutional affiliation is not necessary. As part of its , the Foundation promotes highly-qualified new academic talent.
Scholarships to study or research in a LMIC
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 and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs as well as matriculation fees. In principle, these fellowships are awarded for 18 months, in justified cases for at least 12 months.
Doc.CH is aimed at promising researchers who wish to write a doctoral thesis on a topic of their own choice in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland. Part of the doctoral thesis may be conducted at a host institution abroad if a corresponding request giving reasons is submitted.
Besides the salary of the doctoral student, the grant may include a contribution towards costs directly related to project implementation.
Submission deadline: 15 March and 15 September
In order for Swiss institutions to be able to continue working together with Erasmus+ programme countries, the Swiss Federal Council has adopted a solution that is financed by the Swiss government. This Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ promotes cooperation between individuals and institutions from Switzerland and Erasmus+ programme countries. From 2023 onwards, stays abroad will also be supported worldwide.
The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs promotes each graduates and young professionals from all fields who aspire to positions of responsibility in international organizations. During the course of the 12-month program, the fellows work in two or three international organizations or globally active NGOs around the world, possible places of deployment ranging from an organization’s headquarters in New York to field experience in Kyrgyzstan. Fellows select a project topic of global relevance, which then determines the work placements they choose. The fellows also benefit from seminars aimed at developing their skills and core competencies. The costs of all travel to international placements are covered, and additional grants are also available for conferences and language courses.
Currently no open call