Support for Young Researchers

Support for young researchers is a priority focus of federal support in the area of education, research and innovation for 2017-2020. In this framework, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) provides support to selected stakeholders that help young people in Switzerland to compete in scientific fields against the world’s best and brightest.

Support for young researchers across national borders covers the following target groups, support activities, organisations and institutions:

Target group Support activities Organisation, institution
Baccalaureate school students Participation in scientific Olympiads and international science competitions Swiss Youth Research Foundation (SJF), Science Olympiad
Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students Stays abroad, study trips Swiss Study Foundation
Young researchers at Master’s degree level Postgraduate continuing education and training or PhD College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin, European University Institute (EUI), Florence
Teachers at postdoc level Free semester abroad, Interdisciplinary exchange, Creativity Enhancement Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Nantes


SERI, Frédéric Berthoud

Head of unit
International Cooperation in Education and Professional Qualifications
T +41 58 465 58 66

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