How to obtain your first post-doctoral fellowship

18 April 2017

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To learn how to develop competitive post doc fellowship applications 


Content and pre-course assignment

The ability to acquire third party funding is essential for a successful career in science. For young scientists, the first opportunity in this regard is personal fellowships such as SNF Post Doc Fellowships, Marie Curie Fellowships, Ambizione and ERC Starting Grants.

This workshop aims at training PhD students to become successful applicants for these programs.

The first part of the course covers all stages of the application process, including how to choose the right program, how to develop a competitive proposal and how to pass the interview.

The second part of the course focuses on the specific projects of the participants and provides hands-on guidance and examples on how to maximise their chance of success.

Note that the workshop is designed specifically for advanced PhD students who are about to start or already in the process of applying for a post-doctoral fellowship. It is not an information session on general career opportunities in science.

Pre-course assignment

The participants are requested to start developing a post-doctoral application prior to the course and send the draft materials together with an updated CV to the course organiser until 3 April 2017 . No fully developed projects are required, but the drafts should at least indicate the general direction and logic of the project

General information

Date: 18 April 2017

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue:: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, building D, room D301

ECTS: 0.5 (Communication)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact  the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Registration fee: free

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all advanced PhD students and post-docs who are about to start or already in the process of applying for post-doctoral fellowships
    however until 15 March 2017 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants
  • Maximum number of participants: 7

Registration through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 100).

Deadline: 3 April 2017