PhD/Postdoc Exchange Programmes

Every year, NCCR Robotics opens a call for proposals for projects for PhD and Postdoc candidates who wish to spend a period of 3-6 months in an NCCR Robotics lab. Interested students must make contact with their preferred lab to seek opportunities.

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NCCR Robotics offers financial assistance to PhD students and Postdocs from both inside and outside our organisation to take part in a 3-6 month collaborative project in a field related to the NCCR. Up to three scholarships of a maximum of 9,000 CHF will be awarded to cover living and travel costs. The scholarship is open to:

1. PhD/Postdocs from the NCCR who would like to go abroad

2. PhD/Postdocs external to NCCR Robotics who would like to complete a project in an NCCR laboratory. For a full list of NCCR laboratories please see our website.

Women applicants will be given priority.

In order to apply for a fellowship applicants must first contact an NCCR professor (external candidates) or a professor in potential host institution (internal candidates applying to travel externally) to discuss which potential projects may be available. A full list of NCCR Robotics professors can be found at

Once professorial support has been obtained the student should submit a complete application, comprising:

1. A PDF document containing a brief description of the project as agreed between the hosting professor and the student (maximum 1 page including references, font size 12). The document should highlight the relevance of this visit for the PhD/Postdoc current research.

2. A CV of the candidate including a list of publications.

3. A detailed budget showing all costs that will be incurred through participation in the exchange programme including travel and accommodation. Only accommodation costs that exceed those incurred by the student in his home institution will be taken into account.

4. A motivation letter showing how work completed during the programme will contribute to the goals of the NCCR and promote the PhD/Postdoc career.

5. One letter of recommendation.

6. Written confirmation from the host institution.

7. Written confirmation of matching fund from PhD/Postdoc advisor (compulsory only if the advisor benefits from an endowed chair, e.g. associate or full professors at EPFL/ETHZ) where required, to ensure that total salary is 2,500 CHF per month or higher.

All items should be submitted in English. Applications should be sent by email to with the title “PhD/Postdoc internship application”.

Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be sent out at the beginning of November 2017. Please note that successful candidates must start their internships between 1st December 2017 and 30th November 2018.

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