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