SNSF Starting Grants

The SNSF Starting Grants instrument was established as a transitional measure due to Switzerland’s status as a non-associated third country in the Horizon Europe programme,

The Starting Grant 2024, integrates the ERC Starting Grants 2024 as well as the former SNSF funding schemes Eccellenza and PRIMA.

The fellowship allows outstanding researchers, who have achieved scientific independence and contributed to impactful research in their field, to lead an independent research project in any discipline and direct a team of researchers in Switzerland.

The College of Humanities (CDH) supports projects in areas related to the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities (bringing research in the social sciences and humanities together with cutting-edge empirical methods from computer science, data science, and engineering), and with potential connections to other EPFL schools/colleges.

The Call at a glance:

  • Eligibility:
    – Min. 2 years of scientific activity after PhD completion
    – Max. 8 years since obtaining the PhD
  • Funding and duration:
    Max. CHF 1.8M for a max. of 5 years (comprising applicant’s salary, if applicable)
  • Title conferred:
    Grantees, who are not professors yet, shall be appointed by the ETH-Board as assistant professors (non tenure track).

> Application Toolkit

Important dates:

  • Call opening: November 1, 2023
  • EPFL applicant workshop: November 30, 2023, 11:00-12:30 CET
  • CDH internal pre-application deadline: 12 December, 2023
  • SNSF deadline: February 1, 2024 at 17:00 CET

Pre-application process at the CDH

Candidates interested in applying with the CDH as host must follow an internal pre-application process, comprising:

  1. Carefully read the Call guidelines and then the EPFL application toolkit.

  2. Contact the CDH expressing interest there by requesting eligibility verification and preliminary support (contact: [email protected]).

  3. Once the eligibility and preliminary support have been confirmed, send a pre-application dossier including:
    – Motivation letter addressed to CDH Director, Prof. Frederic Kaplan
    – Short CV (max 3 pages)
    – Publication list
    – Research plan (max 3 pages)
    – Budget estimation

    > The pre-application dossier must be sent to [email protected] by Tuesday, 12 December, 2023.