8b) For how long can I employ staff members in my research project?

​The maximum period of employment funded by the SNSF is:

  • four years for doctoral students
  • five years for postdocs

The relevant start date for calculating the four-year period for doctoral students is the actual start date of the dissertation, as communicated to the SNSF by the relevant grantees. The four-year time window starts one year after the said start date at the latest. This year may be used for preparatory activities connected to the dissertation, e.g. participating in classes of a doctoral school.

For postdocs, the relevant start date of the five-year period is the date of the viva voce or of the official acceptance of the thesis.