The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science Postdoc Program 2020

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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.

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).

How to Apply

Apply with a groundbreaking research idea to secure financial support for up to five years, working at an academic institution of your choice anywhere in the world. The registration portal for the 2020 fellowship intake is now open.

Applications for the 2020 fellowship intake are now open until January 15, 2020, 11.59 p.m. (CET).


You are eligible for the 2020 campaign if:

  • You officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2020
  • You have obtained your PhD a maximum of five years prior to January 15, 2020
  • 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


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 following timeline applies for the 2020 fellowship intake:

  • January 15, 2020, 11.59 p.m. CET: final deadline for applications via the online form
  • May 2020: notification and invitation for a personal interview sent to final selection of candidates; notification sent to candidates whose application has been rejected
  • June 2020: candidates interviewed by a panel in Zurich, Switzerland; final selection of fellows
  • September 1 to December 31, 2020: fellows commence research projects

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