Junior Fellowships at the Collegium Helveticum

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Junior Fellows are early-career researchers working in academic or artistic disciplines at postdoc or equivalent level (in the case of art school graduates). We welcome applicants from an international context as well as scholars and artists with a background in the Collegium Helveticum’s funding institutions, ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the Zurich University of the Arts. Please find here more information about what type of projects and individuals we are seeking.


To be eligible, you will need a doctorate in an academic discipline or a master’s degree from an art school. The degree must have been obtained not longer than 5 years prior to the start of the fellowship. An official confirmation of completion of degree (PhD/Master) from the respective university or art school is strictly required and must be included to the application. Junior fellowships are awarded to candidates who do not have a permanent academic position but do have a proven track record. 

Duration and start date

Junior Fellows spend ten months at the Collegium Helveticum, starting on 1 September.


Junior Fellows receive a grant in the form of a full-salaried post at ETH Zurich for the duration of the fellowship. The grant is paid through monthly salary payments. The amount is based on the ETH Zurich postdoc salary rates. Information on statutory deductions can be found here.


Junior Fellows will be provided with a desk, access to the ETH Zurich IT infrastructure (including email address) and a computer if required. They also have access to the library’s digital subscriptions and ETH Zurich’s sport and activity programmes.

Attendance and participation

Junior Fellows are required to be present at the Collegium on weekdays. They will also participate in the regular Jours fixes with the other fellows, where once a semester they present and discuss their ongoing work. Junior Fellows are requested to organise an event (e.g., workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, performances) within the framework of their fellowship project, for which they will receive financial and organisational support.

Associated fellows

Before applying, applicants for a junior fellowship are asked to contact a professor at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich or Zurich University of the Arts whose work is relevant to the proposed fellowship project and who agrees to engage as an Associated Fellow. Please consult the web sites of ETH Zurich, UZH and ZHdK to identify and contact potential Associated Fellows. The professor supports the junior fellowship application with a short letter of support detailing why and how they will support the junior fellow’s research project and how they can help them to build links with Zurich’s university and art community. Please find here instruction about form and content of the letter of support.

Note for international applicants

Junior Fellows are employed at ETH Zurich for the duration of their fellowship and will need a valid work and residence permit for Switzerland. Please inform yourself of all requirements as early as possible. Information is available on the ETH Zurich services and resources page.


Applications for the Fellow year 2022-2023 can be submitted until 7 March 2022 (23:59 CET). Interviews with the applicants advancing into the next stage of the selection process are scheduled for 11 and 12 April 2022. Be sure to reserve the dates. Please find here details on the timeline of the process and the selection procedure. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through the online application form. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. 

Please complete the online form and upload the following documents in PDF format. The application is only valid if all documents are submitted (except “supplementary information”).

1) Description of project and event: Please provide details about the project and the event you want to carry out within your fellowship using this template

2) Support letter of Associated Fellow: Letter of support as outlined in this information letter. Please forward the instructions to your Associated Fellow. Note, that you are responsible for uploading the completed support letter.

3) CV

4) Passport or ID card: Copy of the first relevant pages of your passport. EU/EFTA citizens care allowed to submit a copy of their ID card (front and back).

5) Copy PhD/master certificate: Pleas upload an official certificate or official preliminary confirmation of your doctoral degree (from the university) or master’s degree (from art school).

6) Supplementary information: Supplementary files that the applicants deem necessary.

Questions & contact

As we receive large numbers of applications, we ask you for understanding that we are limited in our ability to handle questions. Please read the question policy

Date de candidature
10 months
Humanités : Art et histoire de l'art