SNSF Doc.CH Grants in the field of humanities and social sciences (HSS): The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awards grants / scholarships to promising researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Awarding agency: Grantees are matriculated at a Swiss university as PhD students and paid a salary by the university through the “Doc.CH (HSS)”- Grant, which is awarded for a period of 2 to a maximum of 4 years.

Deadlines: Annual deadlines for application are March 10 and September 10. 

Eligibility criteria

  1. Hold a degree (master or similar degree, acquired no more than 2 years prior to the submission deadline) from a Swiss higher education institution which entitles to start a PhD in the humanities and social sciences at ETH Zurich;
  2. Swiss nationals with a foreign degree are also entitled to submit an application.

Application and evaluation

Proposals must be made electronically (see the link below). To access SNF portal, a user account is required; new user accounts must be requested 2 weeks before the deadline at the latest.

Following documents are required:

  1. A written confirmation from ETH Zurich regarding admission to the doctorate at ETH Zurich.
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from
    • the main supervisor working at the ETH Zurich and
    • the co-supervisor working at another higher education institution in Switzerland or abroad.
  3. A letter of invitation from the host institute abroad if a research stay abroad is planned.

 Further information

Visit: SNSF-website or contact the SNSF at

Quick Overview——–
Organization ETH Zurich
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Switzerland
Subject areas Humanities and Social Sciences
Fellowship As per laws
Eligibility Masters or equivalent
Deadline March 10 and September 10 (yearly)

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