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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Postdoctoral Researchers for Original Research Projects in Any Discipline

Branco Weiss Fellowship - Society in Science Grant


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Branco Weiss Fellowship
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/15/24 5:00 PM CET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Ph.D. researchers to pursue long-term research projects in any discipline. Funding is intended to cover research costs, such as salary, equipment, personnel, travel, consumables, and more. The goal of the program is to give exceptional researchers a platform to engage in dialogue on cultural, social, economic, or political issues relevant to their discipline.

The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a community of exceptional young scientists who share a passion for taking research beyond the mainstream. Fellows are given the means to pursue their personal vision of a particular scientific project independently – in the best possible locations, anywhere in the world. The fellowship is awarded to postdocs for up to five years. The fellowship is international and covers all scientific fields. Besides a passion for the research itself, Branco Weiss Fellows share the desire of communicating beyond their own field of study and with society at large. The Branco Weiss Fellowship - Society in Science awards fellowships to outstanding postdoctoral researchers around the world. 

The ideal applicant for a Branco Weiss Fellowship leverages the freedom offered by the fellowship to design a surprisingly novel and scientifically rigorous research project. The fellowship addresses junior researchers with a record of outstanding scientific achievement and a passion for venturing into new territory.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Fellowship is open to researchers from all disciplines and to citizens of all nationalities. There are no restrictions on biological age.

Researchers who pursue unconventional projects outside the mainstream of science, engineering, and social sciences may apply. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible.

You are eligible for the 2024 intake if:
- You officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2024
- You have obtained your PhD a maximum of five years prior to January 15, 2024
- You do not hold/have not held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor or lecturer)
- Your project departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline
- You have a record of outstanding scientific achievement
- You demonstrate in the proposal a willingness to engage in a dialog on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues beyond the frontiers of your particular discipline

Please note that the Fellowship typically does not fund mainstream research projects that could also be funded by other scientific organizations.

Pre-Application Information
The following timeline applies for the 2024 fellowship intake:
- January 15, 2024, 5 p.m. CET: final deadline for applications via the online form
- May 2024: notification and invitation for a personal interview sent to final selection of candidates; notification sent to candidates whose application has been rejected
- June 2024: candidates interviewed by a panel in Zurich, Switzerland; final selection of fellows
- September 1 to December 31, 2024: fellows commence research projects

Who Should Apply:
Eligibility, Duration, and Funding:
Application Materials:

Number of Grants
The program aims to award up to ten fellowships each year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Fellows are awarded a fellowship amounting to a maximum of CHF 600,000 for a maximum of five years to carry out their research project.

Term of Contract
Research projects should be conceived to last five years.

The first two years of a project are called the pioneer phase. At the end of the pioneer phase, a review and a site visit will be conducted. At this point, the project, its continued originality, and the productivity of the fellow will be evaluated. If the results of the evaluation and site visit are satisfactory, the fellow enters the exploitation phase for the remaining three years of the fellowship.

Contact Information
Apply Online:


ETH Zurich
Rämistrasse 101
CH-8092 Zurich Switzerland

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