After the Postdoc


There exist several funding schemes design to boost your academic career:


The SNSF funding scheme Ambizione is aimed at young researchers who intend to conduct, manage and lead an independently planned project at a Swiss University. At the time of the submission deadline, the application must be submitted within 4 years after the doctorate. Applicants need to have conducted research for at least 12 months after the award of the PhD at a university other than the one in which they have pursued their doctoral studies.


PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship. PRIMA grantees conduct an independent research project with their own team at a Swiss research institution. The applicant must submit their application between two and ten years after their PhD defense.

Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships/Grants 

SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships and SNSF Eccellenza Grants are aimed at highly qualified young researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal by allowing them to lead a generously funded research project with their own team at a Swiss higher education institution. applicants must have a proven record of between three and eight years of scientific activity since gaining their doctorate. applicants must have conducted postdoctoral research for at least 24 months, 12 months of which abroad.

ERC Grants 

The ERC Starting Grants aim to support leading scholars who intend to establish a research team and conduct independent research in Europe. This scheme is geared at promising researchers with 2-7 years of experience after the award of the PhD degree and who have proved their potential to become independent top researchers. 

The ERC Consolidator Grants are meant to support top researchers who are in the process of consolidating their own independent team or programme. The scheme is targeted at scholars with 7-12 years of postdoctoral experience and an outstanding academic record.