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Funding opportunities



Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are aimed at researchers who have done a doctorate and who wish to pursue an academic career in Switzerland. A research stay abroad enables such researchers to acquire more in-depth knowledge, increases their scientific independence and enhances their research profile. The fellowships include a grant for subsistence costs, a flat-rate for travel expenses and a possible contribution to research, conference costs and matriculation fees. In addition, fellowship holders can apply for a return grant to finance their initial period of research after returning to Switzerland. The return grant includes a salary and social security contributions. The funding period is in principle 24 months (fellowship) and 3 to 12 months (return phase).

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

The HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.

Institutes for advanced study

Institutions that enable interdisciplinary interaction and greater openness to new ideas among academics are becoming increasingly important. Institutes for Advanced Study (IAS) play a pivotal role in this regard.

Scientific Exchanges

Scientific Exchanges is aimed at researchers who want to host their own scientific event in Switzerland, invite colleagues from abroad for a research visit to Switzerland, or visit their colleagues in another country.

Scientific conferences and workshops are the two types of event covered by the scheme. Research visits by Swiss researchers to other countries or by researchers from abroad to Switzerland are funded for a period of 1 to 6 months. For scientific events, the travel expenses and food and board costs of participants from abroad are covered, for research visits those of travelling guests.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

EU career funding for mobile researchers: This programme aims to support researchers at different stages of their career. MSCA are open to all domains of research and innovation, from fundamental research to market take-up and innovation services.

Mobility grants in projects

Mobility grants are aimed at doctoral students who wish to improve their scientific profile by going abroad while being employed in an ongoing SNSF research project. A mobility grant can cover travel and living costs as well as fees for conferences and workshops of up to CHF 20,000. It is awarded for six to twelve months.

Scholarships for studies abroad

Visit the website of the Scholarship Service of swissuniversities where you can find various funding possibilities to go abroad.

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI is responsible for the allocation and awarding of grants for postgraduate studies at the European University Institute in Florence and the College of Europe in Bruges and Campus Natolin.