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SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship (SPF)

Grants for early career researchers

Switzerland is considered a non-associated third country in the 2023 calls for projects in Horizon Europe (work programme 2023-2024) and related programmes and initiatives. This year, on behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the SNSF is launching a new call under the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships for people of all nationalities who were aiming to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA PF).

 

This funding scheme will offer applicants with a PhD and no more than eight years of postdoctoral experience a position at a non-commercial research institution in Switzerland for 12-24 months. The scheme is open to all research disciplines and topics.

The grant includes the postdoctoral fellow’s salary as well as social security contributions and contributions to research and conference costs.

 

Call 2023/2024

Submission deadline: 1 December 2023

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Support Letter and confirmation of the host

To submit an application to the SNSF, you need a letter of support from your supervisor at UZH and written confirmation from the institute/department/clinic.

  • Letter of support: The SNSF does not provide a template. In this letter, the supervisor declares his/her willingness to supervise and support the applicant. The letter must bear the official letterhead of the institute/department/clinic and the original signature of the supervisor.
  • Confirmation of the host: The SNSF does not provide a template. The letter must bear the official letterhead of the institute/department/clinic and an original signature (digital signature permissible) of the head of the institute/department/clinic. The confirmation must clearly state that the required infrastructure is available for the duration of the fellowship. The start and end date of the fellowship must be specified (earliest possible start date: July 1, 2024; latest possible start date: July 1, 2025).

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Data Management Plan (DMP)

In most SNSF funding instrument, the submission of a DMP is a condition for the release of funds for approved projects. However, funds for data management should already be requested at the application stage.

The UZH Open Science Services team of the University Library will advise and support you in developing your DMP. These are 5 things you should keep in mind.

The SNSF’ new Open Access regulations

As of January 1, 2023, new Open Access regulations will apply to all new funding applications submitted to the SNSF. As before, researchers funded by the SNSF can meet the SNSF’s OA requirements in four ways. Journal articles must now be directly available as Open Access without embargo under a CC-BY license; nothing changes for book chapters and books. The SNSF has updated its general implementation regulations  accordingly.

Read more about the SNSF's new Open Access regulations here.