Funding for Postdocs

Researchers with a PhD can apply for a job at UZH as a postdoctoral researcher or as a senior teaching and research assistant. Other than employment at the University, there are a variety of funding instruments open to postdocs. Depending on your career stage, you can apply for a fellowship, project funding, or an assistant professorship.

Experience abroad is essential for a career in academics. There are a number of mobility programs that offer postdocs financial assistance for a stay abroad.

The following overview is not conclusive; you should also inquire about about specific funding sources in your discipline.

1 Research at UZH

UZH Postdoc Grant The University of Zurich supports research projects of postdocs from its own fund.
Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship With the award of one Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship per year the UZH enables a postdoctoral researcher to return to the academic career after a career break or a delay in research activities due to incompatibility reasons.


UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships With the UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships the University of Zurich provides funding, coaching, training and lab facilities to young researchers who intend to start up a company based on UZH research.


Ambizione The SNSF awards funding to postdocs wishing to conduct an individually planned project at a Swiss higher education institution.
PRIMA The SNSF supports excellent female researchers at postdoc level who have the potential for an academic career and aspire to a professorship at a Swiss higher education institution.
Spark The aim of Spark is to fund the rapid testing or development of new scientific approaches, methods, theories, standards, ideas for applications, etc. It is intended for projects that show unconventional thinking and introduce a unique approach.

Research Talent Development Fund (FAN)

The Research Talent Development Fund (FAN) - supported by UZH Alumni - supports outstanding, innovative young researchers.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships With these scholarships, foreign doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in all disciplines can fund a research stay at a Swiss higher education institution.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships These EU grants are designed to increase the mobility of junior researchers at the postdoctoral level.
BRIDGE Proof of Concept BRIDGE (a joint program conducted by SNSF and Innosuisse) supports projects at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation. BRIDGE Proof of Concept is aimed at young researchers who wish to develop an application or service based on their research results.
AXA Fellowships AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising researchers on a topic aligned with AXA’s priorities and societal challenges.


SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships

Highly qualified young researchers who are aiming for a permanent professorship are enabled by this scheme to achieve their goal as leaders of a generously funded research project and team at a higher education institution in Switzerland.


SNSF Professorships

This scheme was replaced by SNSF Eccellenza. Only follow-up proposals can be submitted.


ERC Grants The European Research Council (ERC) awards highly competitive grants to excellent researchers who are setting up or consolidating their own research team or programme. Swiss researchers cannot submit applications for this program currently.


SNSF Projects Researchers with at least 4 years' experience after the doctorate (or an independent research position) can apply for SNSF funding to finance a research project. They cannot apply for funding for their own salary.

2 Research Stay Abroad


These SNF fellowships facilitate a research stay abroad of 24 months for postdocs up to 3 years after the doctorate. In addition, a return grant for a 3 to 12-month research period upon returning to Switzerland can be applied for.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships These EU grants are designed to increase the mobility of junior researchers at the postdoctoral level.
Foreign Government Scholarships Roughly 40 countries award grants to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for a stay abroad.
Scientific Exchanges The SNSF supports short research stays of one to six months.