The Research Fellowship Program for Women in Science of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials seeks to support the professional development of outstanding female researchers who have already demonstrated excellence at an early stage of their careers and wish to pursue an academic career. The fellowships support the residency of researchers in the laboratory of one of the research groups of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials. The grant is designed to fund original research ideas of the applicants and to leverage impact through integration within the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials and its international network. While being fully integrated in the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, the fellows have the possibility to apply to all other NCCR programs, grants and support actions for NCCR members (such as childcare support during travel).
To whom is this call addressed? The program is open to female applicants who hold or are about to earn a doctoral degree in a relevant field of natural or life sciences, such as medicine, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics or materials science.
How to apply: The necessary documentation and submission instructions here. Your submission should include a short project proposal, a motivation letter, your complete CV, your PhD certificate (or proof that you will defend your thesis within the following 3 months), the application form and two reference letters.
How will the applications be evaluated: Fellowships will be offered on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected based on their track record as a researcher, their potential to grow into academic leaders, the quality and originality of the project proposal, the match of the proposal with the overall theme of the NCCR Bio-inspired Materials, the feasibility of the proposed project in the host laboratory, and the anticipated synergies that arise from the integration into the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials.
Application deadline: 15th March 2019.
Start and duration: The start of the grant can be discussed but should be between the 1st June 2019 and the 1st September 2019. The duration of the research fellowship is 24 months.
What does the fellowship fund: The grant includes a standard researcher salary (100%) following the rules of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a period of 24 months (including social charges to be paid by the employer). The grant additionally includes funds to cover research and travel expenses for the entire funding period.
More detailed information on the grant and the application procedure can be found here. Feel free to share this information through the following social media:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Weder, AMI Fribourg