SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF)

Submission deadline: 01.12.2022

Grants for early career researchers

The SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships Call document 2022 is online. The updated guidelines will be published with the opening of the call on 1 September 2022.

Following Switzerland’s non-association to Horizon Europe as of 2021, early-career researchers with destination Switzerland are not eligible to apply for monobeneficiary schemes such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual postdoctoral fellowship.

The SNSF is therefore offering a comparable call for proposals as part of the transitional measures. Applicants of any nationality with destination Switzerland who intended to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual postdoctoral fellowship can submit their proposal. 

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.

Eligibility criteria

The following criteria apply to the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships:

Submission of proposals

mySNF account:

You have to submit your proposal to the SNSF via the electronic mySNF platform, for which you will need a mySNFuser account.

It is strongly recommended that new user accounts are requested at least one month before the submission deadline so that the required information and documents can be prepared early enough. The login information will subsequently be sent to you by e-mail. Your mySNFaccess will remain in place for future submissions or for the lifetime management of approved projects.

Documents required for the application:

Eligibility criteria for the host institution:


SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships cover the grantee's salary including social security contributions.

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.

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

  • 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

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

Formal requirements, ethical issues and research integrity:

The SNSF transitional measures:

SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF)

The official call