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The Branco Weiss Fellowship

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15.01.2023
Online

Who Should Apply
Candidates who excel beyond boundaries
The ideal applicant for a Branco Weiss Fellowship leverages the freedom offered by the fellowship to design a surprisingly novel and scientifically rigorous research project. The fellowship addresses junior researchers with a record of outstanding scientific achievement and a passion for venturing into new territory (see: Mission).

To give you an impression of what kind of qualifications a typical Branco Weiss Fellow should have, please check the current fellow profiles, as well as selected alumni portraits.

Before applying or contacting us, please read the information on this website carefully.

The registration portal for the 2022 fellowship intake is now closed. Candidates are welcome to start applying again in October 2022 for the January 15, 2023 deadline.

Funding
A Branco Weiss Fellowship comes to CHF 100,000 per year. It may be used to cover all legitimate costs of research (i.e. salary and/or equipment, travel expenses, consumables, personnel, etc.).

You are eligible for the 2023 intake if:

You officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2023
You have obtained your PhD a maximum of five years prior to January 15, 2023
You do not hold/have not held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor or lecturer)
Your project departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline
You have a record of outstanding scientific achievement
You demonstrate in the proposal a willingness to engage in a dialog on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues beyond the frontiers of your particular discipline
Please note that we typically do not fund mainstream research projects that could also be funded by other scientific organizations.

If you have applied before and were not selected, you are welcome to apply again.

The following reasons for delays after attaining your PhD are acceptable:

parental leave (max. one year per child)
inability to work due to illness or accident
Applicants must explain their reasons for applying for an extension and provide the relevant documents. The number of weeks that the research work was interrupted is accepted as an extension.

Duration
Research projects should be conceived to last five years.

The first two years of a project are called the pioneer phase. At the end of the pioneer phase, a review and a site visit will be conducted. At this point, the project, its continued originality, and the productivity of the fellow will be evaluated. If the results of the evaluation and site visit are satisfactory, the fellow enters the exploitation phase for the remaining three years of the fellowship.

Branco Weiss Fellows are encouraged to seek faculty positions during their exploitation phase. Assuming an academic position will not result in termination of the fellowship.


When? 15.01.2023
Online

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Contact ETH Zürich
milena.siciliano@unifr.ch
Registration

The registration portal for the 2022 fellowship intake is now closed. Candidates are welcome to start applying again in October 2022 for the January 15, 2023 deadline.

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