[ SERI - Exchange of young researchers with Japan | Research funding ]


Event details

Date and time 30.06.2021  
Category Call for proposal

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned ETHZ as Leading House for bilateral research collaboration with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
ETHZ and JSPS run the Japanese – Swiss Young Researcher’s Exchange Programme to:

  • foster and facilitate the direct exchange between Japanese and Swiss research groups and
  • enable the mobility of early-career researchers, allowing them to learn a new technique or use infrastructure directly relevant to their current research project.
The programme funds research stays of 3-6 months in any disciplines
  • in Japan for Swiss-based young researchers and (apply via ETHZ).
  • in Switzerland for young researchers from Japan (apply via JSPS).

ETHZ and JSPS expect to fund 7–10 fellowships within the present call from each side.
Who can apply
  • Swiss-based applicants: PhD students and, in exceptional and justified cases, postdocs and Master’s students, employed at Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education and research institutes. Who can NOT apply: Japanese nationals and former grantees under the JSPS’s Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers.
  • Host researchers in Japan: employed full-time (excluding jokyo, assistant professor and joshu, research assistant) at an eligible institutions.
  • Applicants based in Japan, who are interested in a research stay in Switzerland, must apply via JSPS.
  • For Swiss-based applicants going to Japan: monthly allowance of JPY 220’000, international air ticket and overseas travel insurance.
  • For applicants based in Japan going to Switzerland: monthly allowance of CHF 2’500 and max. CHF 2’000 for a return flight ticket.
Duration: 3-6 months
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Decision: October 2021
Earliest start: mid-December 2021
Latest start: 31 March 2022
Application: Swiss-based applicants must fill out and submit the application form, together with a supporting letter from the Swiss supervisor and an acceptance letter from the Japanese host researcher as a single PDF document to Elise Nardin by email: [email protected].
For more information, have a look at the call website, call guidelines and FAQs for Swiss-based candidates.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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