CYD Doctoral Fellowships

CYD Doctoral Fellowships will provide a salary and research and conference funds for four years (with a possible one-year extension), enabling fellows to complete a PhD thesis at the CYD Campus under the supervision of a professor at a higher education institution in Switzerland.

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CYD Doctoral Fellowships are open to researchers at doctoral level who are willing to engage with cross-cutting issues in cyber-defence, with a particular emphasis on:

  • Novel technologies for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of cyber and cyber-physical systems
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies
  • Data science and artificial intelligence methods for analysing cyber- and technology-relevant data
  • Research on vulnerabilities and backdoors in digital systems
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Eligibility requirements
  • Citizens of any nationality can apply
  • No age restrictions apply
  • Applicants must be accepted into a doctoral program at a higher education institution in Switzerland and seek the endorsement of a professor employed in this institution and of a CYD Campus researcher willing to supervise them
  • CYD Doctoral Fellowships are aimed at new talents, and hence applicants are only eligible to apply if they do not already hold or have not already held an equivalent position in the same field in a higher education institution in Switzerland or abroad.
research funding opportunities

Eligible costs include and are limited to:

  • Salary contribution (incl. social security) based on the salary ranges of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
  • Reseach costs: A maximum amount of CHF 3’000.- per year can be granted for research costs.
  • Conference costs: A maximum amount of CHF 6’000.- per year can be granted for conference costs.
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How to apply

Please read carefully the application guidelines.

All required documents must be submitted on the online submission platform.

All documents must be submitted in English.

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The submission deadline is on 30 March 2020 (17:00 CET).

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Selection process

Decisions will be announced by the end of May 2020.


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