Your first step towards scientific independence!
Ambizione grants 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. Scientists holding non-professorial academic positions at higher education institutions are also eligible to submit an application.
An Ambizione grant covers the grantee's salary and the funds needed to carry out the project. An Ambizione project grant, however, comprises only project funds. The grants are awarded for a maximum of four years.
The main participation requirements are listed below. Please consult the Ambizione Regulations to determine your formal eligibility.
The precise periods are calculated on the basis of the relevant submission deadline (1 November 2021)
- Applicants must hold a Doctorate (PhD) or have completed their medical studies (Staatsexamen or equivalent exam).
- Applications may be submitted no later than four years after completing the doctorate (PhD). The date of the examination, respectively the defence of the doctoral thesis is the relevant date.
- Applicants who have completed their medical exam and have done clinical work for at least three years after completing their studies (specialist certification by the FMH is an advantage) may submit an application no later than 9 years after completion of the medical exam.
- Research activities of at least 12 months after the doctorate (PhD), respectively after the medical licence.
Submission of proposals
Applications must be submitted via the mySNF platform. The mySNF platform will be opened for submission three months before the respective application deadline.
The evaluation procedure for Ambizione grants comprises two stages.
Forms, regulations and guidelines
Members of the evaluation bodies
The list contains the names of the members of evaluation bodies. For the SNSF, interaction between applicants and members of evaluation bodies over applications is not compatible with academic best practices.
For Ambizione, candidates need to make a twelve-month postdoctoral research stay after their doctorate. Are there any possible exceptions to this rule?
No exceptions are possible. This condition must be met by the submission deadline for Ambizione. The date of the examination is the relevant date.
Where can I find detailed information and guidelines on how to submit an application for Ambizione?
Detailed information can be found in the guidelines for submitting a proposal (see section Documents).
Since 2017, Ambizione has also been open to young researchers holding non-professorial academic positions that offer career prospects. They can therefore apply for Ambizione grants with or without a salary. The aim of the redesigned scheme is to generate direct competition for research funds between all young researchers at the same stage in their careers, regardless of whether they already hold a position.