b. What is the period of eligibility for an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship?

For applicants with a PhD: The date of the oral PhD defense is crucial. The period of eligibility extends from 3 years to 8 years after this date. The Eccellenza submission deadline must fall into this period (Article 4 paragraph 2 of the Eccellenza Regulations).

For applicants with an MD: The date specified on the state diploma is crucial. The period of eligibility extends from 3 years to 12 years after this date. The Eccellenza submission deadline must fall into this period. Please refer to Article 4 paragraph 4 of the Eccellenza Regulations for further details.

The SNSF does not apply any biological age restrictions; however, the applicant's potential for obtaining a permanent position as a professor at a higher education institution forms part of the evaluation criteria (Article 13, paragraph 4 of the Eccellenza Regulations).​