ETH Global SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowships to Study Abroad, 2018

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Applications are invited for SNSF Early Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowships intended to support young researchers, who wish to make a research stay abroad in order to enhance their scientific profile, and who subsequently wish to pursue a scientific career in Switzerland.

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.

ETH Global is the staff unit for international relations at ETH Zurich. It fosters international partnerships in research and education and enhances the institution’s visibility abroad.

Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue postdoctoral programme.

Study Subject: Applications are invited from all disciplines.

Scholarship Award: The SNSF does not cover any overhead costs incurred at host institutions abroad, however. The host institution may also ask for funds to cover the research costs. The SNSF can contribute a maximum of CHF 3,000 per year towards research costs if certain requirements are met. Fellowship holders who bring their own financial contribution for covering living costs should generally receive adequate support from their host institution; this support should encompass, among other things, infrastructure as well as any consumables.

Number of Scholarships: Not Known

Scholarship can be taken in Study Abroad

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • At the time of the submission deadline, applicants must hold a PhD from ETH Zurich (obtained no more than two years before the submission deadline), or finalize their doctorate within the next nine months. They must be Swiss nationals or hold a valid Swiss permanent residence, residence or cross-border commuter permit. Candidates who do not have Swiss citizenship must provide evidence of at least three years of activity at a research institution in Switzerland prior to the application. The mobility fellowship finances the researcher’s stay at a host institution abroad. The place of research must be different from the place of education.

Nationality: Swiss nationals are eligible to apply for this fellowship program. Candidates who do not have Swiss citizenship must provide evidence of at least three years of activity at a research institution in Switzerland prior to the application.

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How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Proposals must be submitted electronically via my SNF. To access my SNF, a user account is required; new user accounts must be requested two weeks before the deadline at the latest. Once created, the login-information will be forwarded to the applicant by the SNSF.

For a full application, the following documents are mandatory:

  • The research plan: this should be written in English. Please note: SNSF Fellowships are not joint candidate/host proposals, hence it is not allowed to copy parts of the hosts proposals or recycle old proposals from the future host.
  • The invitation letter: this should indicate a strong commitment by the host professor to support the candidate scientifically and to provide him or her with any infrastructure required for the successful completion of the project. Furthermore, it should state the intention to secure funding in the second year of employment.
  • Two reference letters: these are confidential and must be signed; The reference letters must be requested via my SNF. The provider of the reference then uploads the confidential reference letter directly in my SNF, no later than March 1st or September 1st, respectively. The letters, when submitted, must be attached to the application by the candidate in my SNF. Since these letters are confidential, the content of the letters is not visible to the candidates. Therefore, no additional document protection should be added by the reference writer.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The next two deadlines are September 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018. The Office of Research checks each application; incomplete applications will not be considered.

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