Fellowship programmes specifically for young researchers

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Young investigators at ETH Zurich have various opportunities to apply for career funding or project funding, either independently or with a mentor at ETH Zurich. A graphic overview on all funding instruments for the promotion of research at ETH Zurich can be found on Support services for studies and scientific careers.

Career Funding is personal and non-transferable. It often comes in the form of a scholarship or a fellowship after a national or international competition. Listed here are opportunities at the ETH Zurich and abroad. Before applying for a scholarship or a fellowship, it is important to find out whether you meet the selection criteria. A graphic overview on the listed fellowships below can be found here (PDF, 107 KB).  

Project funding in generally used for material costs or for salaries of people working under the guidance of the principle investigator. For young investigators such grants are available for example within the SUK program (2013-2016) or in the competitive selection within the newly created Career Seed Grants.  

After a Master’s/during a doctorate

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Pioneer Fellowship



Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships

Do you have an innovative project idea for products or methods, which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries? Please check out the conditions for applying for an Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships.

More information on the E4D scholarships on the ETH Global web site.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

Start your own Summer / Winter School

Within a programme of the ETH-Board promoting student mobility within the ETH-domain, you can apply for funds to start a summer or winter school in 2017.

The call for proposals ends on October 30 2016.

More information on "Start your own Summer / Winter School"



After a doctorate – research and tech transfer at ETH Zurich

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Pioneer Fellowship

ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship

ETH Zurich Career Seed Grants

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

AXA Research Fund Post-doctoral Fellowship

For researchers in the field of risk, there is the option of applying for an AXA Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship.

More detailed information on the application process can be found in the Guidelines for ETH researchers. (PDF, 63 KB)

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth. The fellowships can be executed worldwide, thus also at ETH Zurich.  

If you and your host at ETH Zurich are interested in such a fellowship, please contact the office of research in order to receive the supported letter, which needs to be signed by the institution's president or equivalent.  

After a doctorate – research abroad

Following a doctorate at ETH Zurich, there are the following options for applying for a postdoc grant abroad:

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Early Postdoc Mobility

Advanced Postdoc Mobility

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships

After a doctorate – other fellowship opportunities

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Society in Science - The Branco Weiss Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellowships in the Life Sciences

Life Sciences: for researchers in the field of Life Sciences there are various interesting postdoctoral fellowships, EMBO, HFSP, PLANT Fellows.

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