Call for Proposal: CYD Distinguished Post-doctoral Research Fellowships in Switzerland

Fellowship Grant / Award Research in Applied Science , in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Engineering , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Apply Before : August 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 107045
  • Degree PH.DResearchPostDoc
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Different
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

To advance research and education in cyber defense, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the Cyber-Defense (CYD) Campus have jointly designed the “CYD Postdoctoral Fellowships—A Talent Program for Cyber-Defense Research.” These two-year fellowships will allow doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to complete a research project under the observation of a Swiss higher education institution or university professor. Applicants worldwide who meet the eligibility below can apply and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

This highly competitive program prioritizes excellence based on academic records and professional accomplishments. Candidates must have outstanding grade transcripts to apply for a CYD fellowship.

Also, check Call for Proposal: CYD Master Thesis Fellowships for Master Students in Switzerland offered by CYD and EPFL.

Key Details

10th Round Call Opens: 31 May 2024

Submission Deadlines (First Stage): 15 August 2024 (17:00 CEST)

Finalists Announced: End of November 2024

Organizers: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and CYD

Location: Switzerland

Host Institution: CYD Campus

Study Level: Post-doctoral Research

Duration of Support: 2 Years

Eligible Countries: All


These fellowships provide the following benefits:

  • Salary contribution: Based on the host institution’s salary scale, including social security benefits.
  • Research costs: Up to CHF 3,000 per year for specific project equipment (not general IT material).
  • Conference costs: Up to CHF 5,000 per year.

Fellowship Research Areas

The Fellowships are open to researchers at the postdoctoral level who are willing to contribute to issues at the crossroads of cyber-security and data science, with a particular focus on:

  • New technologies for preserving the privacy, integrity, and availability of cyber and cyber-physical systems
  • Privacy-strengthening technologies
  • Data science and artificial intelligence techniques for analyzing cyber- and technology-relevant data
  • Research on vulnerabilities and backdoors in digital systems.

Note: Please check for updated research areas after 31 May 2024.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

CYD Doctoral Fellowships

  • Open to citizens of any nationality
  • No age restrictions
  • Must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Swiss higher education institution
  • Requires endorsement from a supervising professor at a Swiss institution
  • Applicants can seek endorsement from a professor at a school of applied sciences if enrolled in a Swiss university doctoral program
  • Funding requests for less than four years are allowed if in the final stages of the doctoral program
  • Fellowship should be full-time (100%), with possible exceptions for personal reasons

CYD Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Open to citizens of any nationality
  • No age restrictions
  • Must conduct fellowship in a different lab from doctoral and current postdoctoral research
  • Cannot be employed by the host lab during the application period (1 Dec 2023 – 23 Feb 2024)
  • Requires endorsement from a supervising professor at a Swiss higher education institution
  • Fellowship should be full-time (100%), with possible exceptions for personal reasons

How to Apply?

Applicants must apply online and submit all mandatory documents through the online submission platform.

Before applying, please make sure you have read the application guidelines carefully.

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Selection and evaluation

This fellowship selection process is highly competitive. Excellence is the main evaluation criterion, and it is measured by academic records and professional achievements. Below is the highlights of process:

Stage 1:

    • A CYD Campus internal committee evaluates applications.
    • Criteria: The candidate fits with CYD Campus and program aims.
    • Shortlisted applicants are assigned a prospective CYD Campus mentor.
    • Mentor interview to endorse applicants for Stage 2.

Stage 2:

    • Submission of a full research proposal by the deadline (TBC).
    • Final decisions by a committee chaired by the CYD Campus Director with 3-5 members from CYD Campus and Swiss higher education institutions.
    • Results will be announced by the end of November 2024.

Required Documents

Stage 1 documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Research pre-proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae/resume (max. two pages), including publications.
  • Diploma and transcript
  • Referees’ names

Stage 2 documents:

  • Original research proposal
  • Host institution’s acceptance letter
  • Salary scale
  • Budget plan
  • Ethical form

Note: All documents must be in English.

Visit the official link to read more details about the fellowship.

Should you need more information and help, refer to the contact information below.

Research Office

Av. Auguste-Piccard 1
CH – 1015 Lausanne

Contact email: research@epfl.ch


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