ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship

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ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


ETH Zurich is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record and is regularly ranked among the top universities in Europe and worldwide. It provides a highly stimulating work environment and a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure. The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers an excellent opportunity for young researchers to acquire new skills and competencies, boosting their careers and helping to attain an independent senior position.

The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers, who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor to the fellow. The duration of an ETH Fellowship is two years.

Destination(s): ETH Zurich, Zurich or Basel, Switzerland

Eligibility criteria: Eligible are young postdoctoral scientists worldwide, who have been awarded their doctoral degree within two years of the relevant submission deadline. The applicants need to have at least one scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal or have been awarded a prize for their PhD thesis.

Exception: Postdoctoral scientists who have obtained a doctoral degree from the ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich cannot apply for this fellowship program. Also not eligible are postdoctoral scientists who performed their main activities (work, studies etc.) at one of the two institutions for more than six months prior to the relevant submission deadline.

Selection criteria: Applications will be assessed against criteria addressing the candidate’s aptitude, the quality of the proposed research and the synergy with the host lab. Successful applications must be convincing in all respects.

Duration of the fellowship: The duration of an ETH Fellowship two years and cannot be prolonged.


Indicative                            Call publication and                                 Call closure dates:

Call 12:                                 July, 2016                                                 Closing date: September 1, 2016

Call 13:                                 January, 2017                                           Closing date: March 1, 2017

Call 14:                                 July, 2017                                                 Closing date: September 1, 2017

Call 15:                                 January, 2018                                           Closing date: March 1, 2018

Call 16:                                 July, 2018                                                 Closing date: September 1, 2018

Call 17:                                 January, 2019                                           Closing date: March 1, 2019

Call 18:                                 July, 2019                                                 Closing date: September 1, 2019



Contribution for the researcher: Indicative average value of 100’000 CHF/year including full social security.

Research cost contribution and Travel/Mobility allowance: up to 12’000 CHF/year


For more information and application:

Office of Research, ETH Zurich, HG E 32.2, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich