SNSF Professorial Fellowship

The SNSF Professorial Fellowships combines and replaces SNSF PRIMA and Eccellenza funding schemes (see SNSF announcement).


Institute of Physics

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


Upon successful application, SNSF Professorial Fellows will receive  the title of Assistant Professor (non tenure-track). They head their own research group and supervise the PhD students involved in their project. SNSF Professorial Fellows receive 100 kCHF of start-up funds.

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

Description of the selection process

For the purpose of the internal selection process, a supporting professor needs to endorse the application. This supporting professor must be ready to take over the supervision of the involved PhD students should the grant holder leave EPFL. Moreover, the supporting professor needs to state in an endorsement letter (using the template provided below) either that they commit to provide the necessary space and infrastructure for the success of the proposed project, or they need to provide a list of required lab (with specifications) and office space, and infrastructure.

The IPHYS selection is based on the following criteria:

  1. Scientific excellence
  2. Availability of resources
  3. Strategic and synergetic advantage for IPHYS

The procedure is expected to proceed as follows:

  • Candidates apply by uploading their file in PDF form to (opens beginning of September) IPHYS deadline: 07/11/2022
  • Applications should include the following documents: CV, publication list, short summary of main achievements to date (max. 1 page), outline of proposed project (max. 3 pages), reasons for IPHYS as host (max. 1 page), teaching statement (max. 1 page), endorsement letter from the supporting professor (using the template provided below). 
  • Depending on the number of candidates applying, all or a selected number of candidates will be interviewed by the IPHYS Executive Committee, if possible in person or otherwise remotely (beginning of December 2022). The professors supporting candidates are invited to attend the interviews as well.
  • Based on the interviews and the files provided by the candidates, the Executive Committee and Director of the institute will decide which candidates are supported by IPHYS to submit an application at the SNSF. This list of candidates will be proposed to the FSB Dean who takes the final decision.
  • Supported candidates will also be asked to provide IPHYS a draft Detailed confirmation letter (Word format, not signed, using the IPHYS template provided below) in order to have it signed by the Director of the institute, as well as a project budget to obtain the EPFL General confirmation letter from the Research Office.

A preliminary version of the application toolkit is available here. The final version will be made available after the opening of the call by the SNSF on November 1st and will contain all details. Please read all the documents carefully, follow the instructions and make sure that your application file fulfils all the requirements. Incomplete files will not be considered. If you have questions regarding the IPHYS procedure, please contact Blandine Jérôme ([email protected], +41 21 69 33376). If you have questions regarding the application toolkit, please contact the Research Office ([email protected]).

Timeline & deadlines

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

IPHYS pre-application deadline: November 7th, 2022

Announcement of interview short list: ~November 16th, 2022

IPHYS selection interview: beginning of December, 2022

SNSF application deadline: February 1st, 2023 (17h)


IPHYS pre-application site (opens beginning of September):

IPHYS template for endorsement by supporting professor

IPHYS template for detailed confirmation letter (available after 1/11/2022)

EPFL toolkit for SNSF Professorial Fellowships (preliminary, final version available after 1/11/2022)

 EPFL online pre-application form

SNSF Professorial Fellowships (available after 1/11/2022)