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Bids to Switzerland’s Ambizione early-career fellowship scheme should live up to its name

Top tips

  • Explain clearly how your proposal is different from your PhD work.
  • There is a narrow window of opportunity to apply—one to four years after your PhD—and only one reapplication allowed, so time your application well.
  • Postdoctoral outputs are evaluated, so it is advisable to apply only when you have an output worthy of consideration.
  • Show readiness to carry out a project independently.

The Swiss National Science Foundation’s Ambizione scheme, which funds early career researchers from around the world to lead a project in a Swiss lab, lives up to its name as reviewers put a premium on researchers who are ready for the challenge of scientific and scholarly independence.

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