ZNZ PhD Grants

Details and conditions

  • Only ZNZ group leaders can apply. Students cannot apply directly.
  • A ZNZ PhD Grant can only fund doctoral student salaries. Equipment, consumables and other research costs must be covered by other sources.
  • Funding is possible for up to three years according to Swiss National Science Foundation salary standards. The fourth year cannot be funded. ZNZ grants often can only cover a part of the student's PhD period - in this case the applicant must confirm complementary funding to ensure that the entire PhD work can be carried out.
  • The project proposal should be clearly and simply written and be intelligible to readers in other disciplines. The significance and originality of the proposal should be stated.

Please use this form (DOC, 48 KB) for your application:

The application must contain the following items (min. font size 11):

  • Summary (max. 1 Page)
  • Research Part of max. 4 pages (incl. Background, specific aims and    experimental design & preliminary data)
  • References (max 1 page)
  • Lay Summary (max. 200 words)
  • Desired funding period and budget (max. 1 page).
  • It should also include a cover letter, a short curriculum vitae (including a publication list) of the ZNZ group leader and the student (when known), diploma report (if available) and the names of two potential referees not collaborating with the applicant.
  • The next application deadline is 1 October 2019. On average, a total of four years of doctoral salaries can be funded. The complete application in English should be sent as one PDF file including all required documents by the ZNZ group leader directly to the ZNZ office. Simultaneous submission to other granting agencies should be mentioned in the proposal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  • The selection criteria are the applicant's achievements, the qualifications of the PhD candidate and the quality/originality of the project. Non-tenured applicants are preferred. Female applicants are particularly welcome.
  • The prospective student must participate in the ZNZ PhD Program and present his/her research at the annual ZNZ Symposia.


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