Junior Fellowships at the Collegium Helveticum 2023/24

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Collegium Helveticum is pleased to announce a call for junior fellowships within its interdisciplinary fellowship program. The fellowships start 1 September 2023 and last for ten months. The application deadline is 1 March 2023 (23:59 CET).

Project background

Are you looking to realize your own project? If your work is unconventional and cuts across disciplines, the Collegium Helveticum provides ideal working conditions to pursue your own project. As the joint institute of advanced studies of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich (UZH), and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), the Collegium Helveticum offers academics and artists a highly international and interdisciplinary environment. 

The fellowship program encourages and supports exchange and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. Located in the historic Semper Observatory, the Collegium and its interdisciplinary fellowship program offer ideal conditions for a thriving culture of dialogue and a creative environment for innovative academic and artistic projects. The Collegium profits from its integration into the innovative ecosystem of Zurich’s distinguished universities.

Job description

The junior fellowship program aims to attract promising early-career researchers and artists working in any disciplines represented at one of its three supporting universities, including the humanities and social sciences; economics and law; natural and physical sciences; engineering and technology; life sciences and medicine; the arts, architecture, design, and music. 

We also encourage small interdisciplinary teams of up to three people to apply with a joint project. Junior fellowships at the Collegium Helveticum are not intended to support doctoral dissertations.

The fellowship year runs from 1 September 2023 to 30 June 2024. Junior fellows are employed as postdoctoral researchers (100%) at ETH Zurich for the duration of the fellowship. Applicants need to have a confirmed doctorate in an academic discipline or a comparable degree from an art school. The degree must have been obtained no longer than five years prior to the start of the fellowship. An official confirmation of completion of degree from the respective university or art school is required and must be included to the application. Care work (12 months per child), career breaks, or part-time employment count against the five-year threshold and need to be documented with the application and indicated in the CV with a brief explanation. The Collegium is a family friendly workplace. Therefore, applications proposing joint research in job-sharing will be considered. Junior fellows are required to be present at the Collegium on weekdays to create ample opportunity for exchange and collaboration. 

Applicants need to submit a short description of their project and an event they are planning to carry out during the ten-month fellowship. Furthermore, a letter of support from a faculty member at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, or the Zurich University of the Arts is required. The faculty member would join the Collegium Helveticum as an associate fellow. Associate fellows are established researchers or artists affiliated with one of the supporting universities. Usually, associate fellows are tenured or tenure-track faculty. If this is not the case, two associate fellows may jointly support a junior fellow with a co-signed letter of recommendation. One of the co-signers must be a professor or department chair. 

Please consult the junior fellowship program for more details including information about eligibility and the application process. There, you will also find the link to the online application portal.

Your profile

We are looking for junior fellows with an international or with background at ETHZ, UZH, or ZHdK

  • who seek to benefit from and contribute to a vibrant community fostering interdisciplinary exchange 
  • who propose innovative research projects that transgress disciplinary boundaries
  • who have a clear vision of what they want to achieve

Your workplace

Your workplace




We offer

Junior fellows are provided with a desk, access to IT and library infrastructure as well as a computer if required. Associate fellows may agree to integrate fellows into their group part-time and provide infrastructure for their research. Since the Collegium cannot provide laboratory infrastructure or studio space, you can arrange to use up to 40% of your time to do work outside of the Semper Observatory if this is essential for the proposed project or furthers their skills in important ways. Usually, such arrangements would be made in close cooperation with the associate fellow and require approval by the Collegium’s directorate. The Collegium Helveticum cannot provide housing for its junior fellows. 
Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application by March 1, 2023 (23:59 CET) including the following documents:

  • Description of project and event
  • Associate fellow's letter of support
  • Curriculum vitae including full list of publications and other relevant output
  • Copy of passport or ID
  • Copy of PhD or MFA certificate

Please consult the junior fellowship program for more details including information about eligibility and the application process. There, you will also find the link to the online application portal. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Further information about Collegium Helveticum can be found on our website Collegium Helveticum

As we receive large numbers of applications, we ask for your understanding that we are limited in our ability to respond to questions. Hence, prior to contacting us at info@collegium.ethz.ch, please make sure to have read all available materials on our website carefully. The clearer your question or needs, the easier and faster we can assist you. We will not be able to answer questions about exceptions from eligibility criteria. If you have strong reasons why exemptions from the eligibility criteria should be made, please justify these reasons in a supplementary document and upload it with your application.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application by March 1, 2023 (23:59 CET) including the following documents:

  • Description of project and event
  • Associate fellow's letter of support
  • Curriculum vitae including full list of publications and other relevant output
  • Copy of passport or ID
  • Copy of PhD or MFA certificate

Please consult the junior fellowship program for more details including information about eligibility and the application process. There, you will also find the link to the online application portal. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Further information about Collegium Helveticum can be found on our website Collegium Helveticum

As we receive large numbers of applications, we ask for your understanding that we are limited in our ability to respond to questions. Hence, prior to contacting us at info@collegium.ethz.ch, please make sure to have read all available materials on our website carefully. The clearer your question or needs, the easier and faster we can assist you. We will not be able to answer questions about exceptions from eligibility criteria. If you have strong reasons why exemptions from the eligibility criteria should be made, please justify these reasons in a supplementary document and upload it with your application.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.