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The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science – Switzerland

  • Institute of Technology Zurich
  • CHF 100,000 per year
  • Switzerland
  • Any Subject
  • International Students
  • January 15, 2021

Applications are invited for Fully Funded The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).


The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a unique postdoc program. It awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.

This research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences.

The fellowship program was initiated and financed by the Swiss entrepreneur Dr. Branco Weiss, who passed away in October 2010. The program is based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).


A Branco Weiss Fellowship consists of CHF 100,000 per year. It may be used to cover all legitimate costs of research (i.e. salary and/or equipment, travel expenses, consumables, personnel, etc.).


The ideal applicant has the competencies to design a surprisingly novel and scientifically rigorous research project which blazes new trails, profiting from the freedom uniquely offered by the fellowship.

You are eligible for the 2021 Branco Weiss Fellowship if:

  • You officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2021
  • You have obtained your PhD a maximum of five years prior to January 15, 2021
  • You do not hold or have held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor or lecturer)
  • Your project departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline
  • You have a record of outstanding scientific achievement
  • You demonstrate in the proposal a willingness to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of your particular discipline


Applicants interested to apply for the 2021 Branco Weiss Fellowship will need to have the following material and information for online application:

  • Letter of motivation including a statement explaining why your research differs from the mainstream (max. 1 page)
  • Proposed research project (max. 4 pages, including abstract, references extra)
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages)
  • Copies of three best publications (no doctoral theses, no books, only individual book chapters)
  • Application overview, including a reasoning of why you believe that you are a perfect candidate for a Branco Weiss Fellowship (max. 1000 characters)


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