Young Group leaders – empowering exeptional young scientists

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At the School of Life Sciences, we believe that nurturing exceptional young scientists during their early creative years accelerates their careers, and simultaneously strengthens our dynamic scientific environment. Four programs provide highly talented young researchers the opportunity to explore novel scientific grounds and to make their first steps towards scientific independence.

The EPFL Life Sciences Independent Research (ELISIR) program offers stellar fresh PhD graduates with a track record of excellence the opportunity to run a small team of scientists and pursue innovative independent research.

SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, are aimed at highly qualified researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal by allowing them to lead research project as an assistant professor with their team at a Swiss higher education institution.

SNSF PRIMA grants, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, are a stepping stone for excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship. PRIMA grantees conduct an independent research project within a Swiss research institution.

SNSF Ambizione grants, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad.