ETH Zurich: Branco Weiss Fellowships

The Branco Weiss Fellowship is a postdoctoral program for exceptionally qualified young researchers. The fellowship consists of a personal research grant that enables the fellows to work on their projects anywhere in the world, for up to five years. The Fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment.

Applications open

1 Oct 2021

Applications closed

15 Jan 2022

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $750,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Up to 10

  • "The Branco Weiss fellowship provided me with the freedom and independence to focus intensively on my research for a prolonged period, a very rare prospect in most academic jobs. In particular, among the many benefits of this fellowship is the opportunity for mobility. I used the flexibility of this fellowship to develop my research program on seafood trade throughout the Asia-Pacific, spending extended stays in China and Malaysia to work with collaborators at Peking University and WorldFish. The support provided by the fellowship was crucial in allowing me to initiate and maintain such long-term collaborations."
    Read Dr Michael Fabinyi's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2022
    • Have obtained your PhD a maximum of five years prior to January 15, 2022
    • Not hold or have held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor or lecturer)

    The Branco Weiss Fellowship is open to researchers at postdoctoral level in all disciplines. Please see the Branco Weiss Fellowship website for full details on eligibility criteria.

    Selection criteria

    Branco Weiss Fellows are expected to present novel approaches in their research, departing from the mainstream. Applicants must submit a project that exploits new avenues of research, often transdisciplinary. They must also provide evidence of outstanding achievement in their particular scientific field and be willing to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline. Ideal projects follow new paths in an interdisciplinary setting.

  • Application process

    Applications are submitted online via the Branco Weiss Fellowship website. Before applying, please read the Fast Facts for Applicants carefully.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    Fellowship award notification is scheduled for May 2022.

What are the benefits?

Funding is available for up to 5 years, consisting of a stipend of CHF 100,000 per annum awarded in two instalments: the pioneer phase (the first two years of research) and the exploitation phase (the remaining three years).

Fellows may undertake their research anywhere in the world at any institution, even at multiple locations.

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