SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Important information: On behalf of the federal government, the SNSF is launching another call for SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2023. The call document has already been published. The other updated documents (Guidelines for submitting a proposal via mySNF and the Template for the research plan) will be published no later than the opening of the call on 1 September 2023.

Due to Switzerland's current status as a non-associated third country in the Horizon Europe programme, the Swiss government has mandated the SNSF to launch the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022. This funding scheme is for people of any nationality who wanted to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA PF) with Switzerland as their destination country.

The scheme is open to all research disciplines and topics.

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 grant includes the postdoctoral fellow’s salary with social security contributions, financial contributions to research, and conference costs.

Participation requirements

Eligibility criteria

Important: Applicants whose applications were rejected in the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 call may submit a revised application, involving the same host institu-tion, if they have achieved an evaluation score of at least 6.3 out of 9. The same regulation applies under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships, where at least 70% of the maximum score is required.

The following criteria apply to the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships:

Application submission

Draw up your SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships application in accordance with the guidelines and submit it using the online platform mySNF. We recommend opening your application as early as possible to familiarise yourself with the requirements. We open the application website three months before the submission deadline. Please also note the conditions and requirements in the call document.

If you are submitting an application to the SNSF for the first time: register on mySNF and request your user account. We will then send you your login information by e-mail. Please note: you must request your user account at least five working days before the submission deadline. If not, we cannot guarantee timely access to mySNF. The user account will be available to you for all applications and for lifetime management of approved projects.


Evaluation procedure

You can find general information on the evaluation procedure at this link:

Please also consult the Funding Regulations and the Organisational Regulations of the National Research Council:

Specific instructions for the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships evaluation procedure can be found in the guidelines and the call document:

Receipt and verification at the SNSF:

Verification of formal requirements and eligibility

The National Research Council of the SNSF and the evaluation bodies it appoints are responsible for the scientific evaluation and for taking the relevant funding decisions.

Funding for SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships

Federal funding for the SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 was distributed as follows:

The financial resources provided by the government in the framework of the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 will be communicated on our website at the same time as the approved projects.

  • Amount allocated to approved projects: CHF 18 million
  • Amount paid directly to the research institutions where the supported researchers work, to cover indirect research costs (overhead): CHF 2.7 million (15% of the amount allocated to the approved projects)
  • SNSF services: CHF 1.3 million
  • Total: CHF 22 million

Administration of grants

Detailed information on grants administration can be found under the following link:


Formal requirements, ethical issues and research integrity:

The SNSF transitional measures:

Call Document, guidelines and template for research plan:

Date de candidature
12 or 24 months
Sciences sociales