The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the biggest provider of third-party funding in Switzerland for social science and humanities research (career and project support).

More concerning the strategy and goals of the SNSF within the next years: multi-year programme 2012-2024

(Please submit SNSF applications and information to the University of Lucerne Research Promotion Unit

Individual funding

The career funding schemes by the SNSF offer to young researchers the following opportunities:

Doctoral students

Doc.CH grants for doctoral students in Switzerland (excellence awards, salary)
Deadlines: 10 March and 10 September

Mobility grants for postdocs

Postdoc.Mobility: mobility grant for postdoctoral students for a research stay abroad
Deadlines: 1 February and 1 August

Promotion for postdocs

Deadline: 1 November 2020

SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships
Deadline: 1 February 2021

Promotion for women

PRIMA (Promoting Women in Accademia)
Deadline: 1 November 2020

International networking

Research stays abroad (1-6 months, from postdoc level on)

Project funding

The SNSF supports humanities and social sciences projects on two levels:

Via project funding, basic research (department I)
Via programmes: NFP, NFS, international programmes, Sinergia, Spirit, Spark, a.o.

Scientific Exchanges (SE): Conferences, Workshops, Research Residencies

The SNSF supports scientific exchanges (colloquia, symposia, workshops etc.).

The SNSF also supports research residencies (1-6 months, outgoings/incomings).

Applications are always possible and must be submitted four months before the date of the event. The support amounts are between CHF 2'500 and max. CHF 25'000.


The SNSF strives to promote international integration for Swiss researchers. To this end, it offers a range of support tools.

SNF / International promotion 

Data Management Plan within Projects

Pls. see German Part.