HFSP | 2024 Postdoctoral Fellowships


Event details

Date 11.05.2023
Category Call for proposal
Aim:  The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. Applications for high-risk projects are particularly encouraged. The projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field.

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

Two different fellowships are available:
  • Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a PhD on a biological topic who want to embark on a novel and frontier project focussing on the life sciences.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants who hold a doctoral degree from a non-biological discipline (e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences) and who have not worked in the life sciences before.

Funding:       Living allowance according to host country (see Guidelines), as well as a research and travel allowance.

Duration:      36 months

Eligibility: A summary of eligibility criteria is given below. For full details, please see the Guidelines.
  • Anyone from any country and any nationality can apply for a fellowship. A candidate who is not a national of one of the HFSPO members (see Guidelines) may apply to work only in a research institution in one of the member countries. A candidate who is a national of one of the member countries can apply to work in a research institution in any country.
  • Applicants must propose to work in a country different to the one where they did their previous PhD work or first post-doctoral studies. For those institutions that are not classified as national, i.e. international or extraterritorial institutions such as EMBL, ICPT or ICGEB, the country in which the laboratory is located will be considered the host country.
  • A research doctorate (PhD) or a doctoral-level degree comparable to a PhD with equivalent experience in basic research (e.g. a research based MD or medical PhD) must be conferred by the start of the fellowship, but is not required at the time of submission. If PhD has already been awarded, The degree must have been conferred in the 3 years prior to the submission deadline
  • Applicants must propose a research topic different to that of their PhD and previous postdoctoral work. The proposal must align with the mission and objectives of HFSP and the scientific scope of the HFSP Fellowship program.
  • Applicants must have at least one lead author publication by the submission deadline of the Letter of Intent which can be a manuscript (i) published in a recognized OA preprint repository, or, (ii) accepted for publication, (iii) in press or (iv) already published by a peer reviewed journal.

How to Apply: Applications will follow a two-step submission process via the online submission platform ProposalCentral. First, applicants will be asked to submit a Letter of Intent by 19 May 2023; full details on the LoI can be found here.

In a second step, successful applicants (~15-20%) will be invited to submit a Full Application. If invited, full proposals must be submitted by 28 September 2023. Please note that the signing official of the host institution must sign off on the full proposal submission on ProposalCentral; please leave plenty of time for this step. If EPFL will be your host institution, please contact the Research Office for any questions on the institutional signoff.

Deadline, LOI:        11 May 2023

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here
  • The application portal can be found here
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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