SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships
SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are 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. The place of research must be different from the place of education. Applicants must have recently received their doctoral degree from ETH Zurich or intend to do so, within the next nine months. Applications are invited from all disciplines. In principle, the Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are awarded for a duration of 18 months or - in justified cases - for a minimum of 12 months.
The ETH Zurich Research Commission is responsible for the scientific evaluation of applications and for awarding Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships. The evaluation is based on the submitted proposal. Applicants may be invited to a short, informal meeting with a member of the Research Commission in order to clarify open questions. The Research Commission's decisions will be sent to the applicants within approximately three months after the submission deadline.
Candidates, who have submitted a proposal by 1 March, may be contacted between 23 March to 21 April for an informal meeting. Decisions are communicated in June. Earliest possible start of the fellowship is then 1 July.
Candidates, who have submitted a proposal by 1 September, may be contacted between 21 September to 26 October for an informal meeting. Decisions are communicated in December. Earliest possible start of the fellowship is then 1 January, of the next year.
At the time of the submission deadline, applicants must hold a Ph.D. 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.
The next two deadlines are 1 March 2017, 17:00 CET and 1 September 2017, 17:00 CET. The Office of Research checks each application; incomplete applications will not be considered.
Duration and start of fellowships
Duration of fellowships:
Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships should be planned for a duration of approximately two years and will be financed for a period of 18 months by SNSF. For the ETH Zurich Research Commission a strong commitment of the host institution is very important; therefore, the Commission expects that the six months to complete the second year are fully financed by the host institution. This issue needs to be addressed with the host professor, who should mention the possibility of funding in the second year – or beyond, if appropriate – in the invitation letter. In justified cases 12 months for a fellowship can be requested.
The ETH Zurich Research Commission is generally unwilling to recommend funding to cover the host institution's infrastructure costs.
Start of fellowships
For the submission deadline of 1 March, the earliest possible start date is 1 July. For the submission deadline of 1 September, the earliest possible start date is 1 January of the following year.
The fellowships may not start later than 12 months after the date of the ruling and no follow-up applications may be submitted; instead a research stay can be extended by applying for a SNFS Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship given that the funding period of 36 months comprising mobility fellowships for Early Postdoc.Mobility and Advanced Postdoc.Mobility is not exceeded.
Proposals must be submitted electronically via mySNF. To access mySNF, 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 and include the description of the (1) research project, (2) bibliography, (3) schedule of the project, (4) reason for the choice of host institution, (5) relevance for personal career development, (6) planned publications. 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 mySNF. The provider of the reference then uploads the confidential reference letter directly in mySNF, no later than March 1st or September 1st, respectively. The letters, when submitted, must be attached to the application by the candidate in mySNF. 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.
The ETH Zurich Research Commission is responsible for the scientific evaluation of applications and for awarding Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships. The evaluation is based on the submitted proposal. There is no interview, but applicants may be invited to a short, informal meeting with a member of the Research Commission in order to clarify open questions. The following evaluation criteria are applied:
- the quality, originality and topicality of the research project to be carried out during the research stay;
- the scientific track record of the applicants;
- the likelihood of the applicants successfully completing the planned further education;
- the personal aptitude of the applicants for a scientific career;
- the quality of the intended research location, i.e. the working conditions, possibilities for pro-fessional supervision and further education, and the expected extent of mobility.
Modification of the proposal after approval
In principle, neither the proposal, nor host laboratory nor start date of the fellowship may be changed after its approval. If changes are inevitable, applicants must immediately inform both the Office of Research at and the SNSF at .
A final report must be submitted within six weeks after completion of the fellowship via mySNF, including (1) a general, (2) a scientific and (3) a financial part. Fellows will receive an invitation from mySNF to submit the report in due time, together with the necessary instructions.
For further information regarding SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility-Fellowships, please contact the Office of Research at .