SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships

SNSF Eccellenza is aimed at highly qualified young researchers in all disciplines who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal as leaders of a generously funded research project with their own team at a Swiss higher education institution.

There are two types of Eccellenza awards:

SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships replace the SNSF professorships. Researchers who are pursuing an academic career, but who have not yet obtained an assistant professorship can request their own salary at the local rates applicable to assistant professorships as well as project funds of up to 1 Mio. Swiss francs for five years.

SNSF Eccellenza Grants are aimed at researchers who have recently been appointed as tenuretrack assistant professors at a Swiss higher education institution. They can apply for project funds of up to 1.5 Mio. Swiss francs for five years.

1 February (for both types of awards)

Confirmation of the higher education institution

To submit your application to the SNSF, you will need a written confirmation of the research institution, which consists of two separate letters:

Letter 1: Detailed confirmation signed by the head of the institute/department
Letter 2: General confirmation of the Vice President Research, Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman

In order for the general confirmation letter (letter 2) to be issued on time, the detailed confirmation (letter 1) must be sent to the UZH Grants Office ( by 24 January 2021 at the latest.

Here you will find the template of the SNSF for letter 1 as a Word document (the German versions can be found on the German website).

Template for female applicants (DOCX, 51 KB)

Template for male applicants (DOCX, 51 KB)