Institute of Physics

This document describes the process for getting support from the Institute of Physics (IPHYS) for application.


Upon successful application, PRIMA grantees will receive the title of Scientist (collaboratrice scientifique). They are hosted in a research unit. They co-supervise the PhD students involved in their project, the supervisor being the head of the hosting research unit.

PRIMA applicants who would like to work at IPHYS must first be approved by the hosting institute.

Description of the selection process

Host professors are responsible for the selection of the candidates they would like to support. Supporting a candidate implies that the host professor commits to provide the necessary space and infrastructure for the success of the proposed project, within the present means available to their unit. IPHYS cannot provide additional space or financial support in case a PRIMA project is granted.

Please note that there is a clear difference in the applicant group aimed at between Ambizione and PRIMA (besides the fact that PRIMA is directed exclusively to women): PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship while Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct an independent research project. It is therefore essential that PRIMA applicants have a professorable profile.

The next application opportunity will be in Autumn 2021. The timeline and procedure will be published in due course.

Timeline & deadlines

IPHYS deadlines are at midnight on the indicated date.  Files received after the deadline will not be considered.

IPHYS application deadline: Autumn 2021

SNSF application deadline: November 1st, 2021 (17h)


IPHYS template for detailed confirmation letter: available once the toolkit is published

EPFL toolkit for PRIMA applications

EPFL online pre-application form