EPFLeaders4impact – A new postdoctoral fellowship programme

© 2022 EPFL

© 2022 EPFL

EPFL launched the 2nd call (deadline May 2, 2022) for EPFLeaders4impact, a new programme providing research grants to postdoctoral researchers working on innovative solutions to the global challenges.

EPFLeaders4impact is a new postdoctoral fellowship programme funding talented researchers who have the ambition to provide innovative solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The programme will fund between 40 and 120 fellowships of a duration of 12, 18, 24, or 36 months. Granted applicants will carry out their project at EPFL and will benefit from a multifaceted training programme, including a collaboration with the non-academic sector.

EPFLeaders4impact has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034260.

What: 12, 18, 24, or 36-month postdoctoral fellowships. The EPFLeaders4impact fellowship consists of a monthly contribution to the salary of the postdoctoral researcher of EUR 2’740. The remaining part of the salary as well as associated costs are covered by the EPFL hosting laboratory.

Where: research funded by the EPFLeaders4impact programme must be conducted at one of the EPFL campuses in Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, or Fribourg.


The EPFLeaders4impact programme is open to applicants of any nationality provided they fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

• Applicants must be Experienced Researchers (ER); they must hold a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience by at the latest the date of recruitment.

• Applicants must fulfil the MSCA transnational mobility rules and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

• Applicants must be able to carry out full-time research during the fellowship period. Parental leave, sick leave, care leave, and military leave are nevertheless permitted.

Application deadline: 2 May, 2022 (17:00 CEST)

Start of the fellowship: at the earliest: 1 Sept. 2022, at the latest: 1 Jan. 2023

More details: please, visit the EPFLeaders4impact website

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