How to obtain your first post-doctoral fellowship

24 April 2018

Flyer (PDF, 435 Kb)


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-stage 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 (deadline extended!)

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 13 April 2018. No fully developed projects are required, but the drafts should at least indicate the general direction and logic of the project.

General information

Date: 24 April 2018

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue:: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, building D, room D114

ECTS: 0.5 (Communication)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact  the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi

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 PhD students and post-docs who are about to start or already in the process of applying for post-doctoral fellowships.
    However, until 23 March 2018 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants
  • Maximum number of participants: 7 people

Registration through the web only: Closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 100).

Deadline: 6 April 2018