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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


SNSF Professorships

The SNSF Professorships of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) enable junior researchers with several years of recognized research experience to make a significant step forward in their academic careers. A SNSF Professorship funds the establishment of an independent team to implement a research project. In addition, it also enables researchers to resume their careers at a Swiss higher education institution on return from a stay abroad.

SNSF Professorships are available for all SNSF-supported disciplines. The funding covers the salary of the applicant (at assistant professor level), a contribution to research costs (incl. collaborators) and a contribution to infrastructure costs.

The duration of this subsidy is four years and can be extended by a maximum of two years. Women are especially encouraged to submit applications. Part-time professorships and exceptions from the academic age may be considered.

Conditions of participation

  • Doctorate
  • Publications in scientific journals with high impact factor
  • Postdoctoral research experience of at least two years and at most nine years
  • Several years of research activities at institutions other than where the candidate obtained the doctorate; at least one year of these activities will usually have been abroad
  • Swiss university degree or at least two years activity at a Swiss university at the time of the submission deadline

In addition, the following are desired

  • experience in teaching and project management
  • collaborative experience with researchers and institutions in Switzerland and abroad

Specific conditions for young researchers in the fields of clinical orientated research

To promote well-aimed young researchers in the fields of clinical orientated research, the SNSF issues specific conditions: 50% of the working time are reserved for research, 50% are available for clinically activities.

Selection procedure

A personal dossier, including a project outline, has to be submitted by the deadline for the ongoing call for applications (Stage 1). The Research Council of the SNSF uses these documents to produce a shortlist. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a detailed application and to present their research plans at an interview (Stage 2). Each year, 30 – 40 subsidies will be granted. The earliest possible date for the release of funding is 1 March of the year after the call for applications was announced.

Please note, that the host institution will need some time to evaluate your possible hosting. Please address as soon as possible to the chosen host institution.

Call for applications and submission

All application documents should be submitted electronically via the web platform mySNF. Documents submitted as hard-copy can only be accepted in exceptional cases if agreed upon with the SNSF prior to submission.

Applications for these subsidies may only be submitted in response to a specific call. Any documents submitted outside this period cannot be processed until after the submission deadline for the next call for applications.

Next call for applications: beginning of February 2011
Next Submission deadline: beginning of May 2011

mySNF: To meet the submission deadline a mySNF user account must be requested two weeks before the submission deadline at the latest.

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