The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the biggest provider of third-party funding in Switzerland for social science and humanities research (career and project support).

(Please submit SNSF applications and information to the University of Lucerne Research Promotion Unit

Individual funding

Doc.CH
Doc.CH grants for doctoral students in Switzerland (excellence awards, salary)

Mobility grants
Doc.Mobility: mobility grant for doctoral students for a research stay abroad
Early Postdoc.Mobility: mobility grant for postdoctoral students for a research stay abroad

Advanced Postdoc.Mobility: mobility grant for postdoctoral students for a research stay abroad

Emerging researcher promotion programme for postdoctoral students
Ambizione
SNSF professorships

Promotion of women
Marie Heim–Vögtlin grants

International networking
Individual short visits
(from postdoc level)

Project funding

The SNSF supports humanities and social sciences projects on two levels:

Via project funding, basic research (department I)
Via programmes: NFP, NFS, international programmes, Sinergia 

Conference grants

The SNSF supports academic conferences (colloquia, symposia etc.). Applications must be submitted six months before the date of the event.

The SNSF also supports International Exploratory Workshops such as those held at the University of Lucerne, lasting for a few days and offering academic exchange. 

International

The SNSF strives to promote international integration for Swiss researchers. To this end, it offers a range of support tools.

SNF / International promotion 

Tender deadlines and information

The SNSF website lists all submission deadlines and information (regulations, instructions etc.) for all funding areas. SNSF applications must be submitted via the mySNF platform. 

 

mySNF and current tenders  

Career promotion

 

SNSF fellowship programme 2014 

(Letters of reference must be submitted with the application.) 

 

Fellowship Deadlines (annual)Evaluation SNSF-FK (UniLu) Evaluation SNSF (Berne) 
for promising researchers
Doc.CH (GSW)* 10.03.2015
10.09.2015
16.04.2015
15.10.2015
(phase 2) 
(phase 2)
Mobility fellowships
Doc.Mobility01.03.2015
01.09.2015
16.04.2015
15.10.2015
none
none  
Early Postdoc.Mobility 01.03.2015
01.09.2015
16.04.2015
15.10.2015
none
none  
Advanced Postdoc.Mobility 01.02.2015
01.08.2015
none
none
only SNSF
only SNSF 

 

*Grant towards employment at a university (not a fellowship) 


Regulations, instructions and documentation  

Ambizione

  • One submission deadline per year: 13 February 2015 
  • One tender per year: mid-November

SNSF professorships

  • One tender per year: early February 
  • One submission deadline per year: early May


Marie-Heim-Vögtlin grants

Career promotion for female academics 

  • One tender per year: early May 
  • One submission deadline per year: early August


International short visits

  • Available at any time, no submission deadlines 

Important: applications must be submitted at least two months before the beginning of the planned trip. 

Project funding, free research

Department I: humanities and social sciences
Two submission deadlines per year: 1 April and 1 October
Interdisciplinary projects
Sinergia
Mobility grants in projects

 

Scientific communication

 

Science communication with contributions towards:
Conferences, International Exploratory Workshops, publications and dissemination  

  • Applications at any time, no submission deadlines 

Important: applications for conferences must be submitted at least six months before the conference begins, and for publications before going to press. 

Programmes