FUTURE FOOD SCHOLARSHIP 2020 ( POST DOCTORAL PROGRAMME )
The fellowship is a postdoc programme for exceptionally qualified young researchers who propose projects targeting future food issues such as nutrition, production, packaging and digital health. The fellowship provides personal research funds for three years, enabling fellows to work on their projects in a research laboratory anywhere in Switzerland with a “champion” in academia (the host professor at ETH Zurich or EPFL) and in industry (the industry partner).
Future Food provides opportunities to educate and train new talent around the food value chain by leveraging the complementary strengths of the Swiss academic and industrial research communities.
The Future Food Fellowship addresses young, ambitious researchers across the globe with bright ideas in food and nutrition. It is a research initiative between the two national Swiss research universities, ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, and several large industrial enterprises. The initiative was founded in 2018. It aims to attract research talent from all over the world to Switzerland to carry out a three-year project, either at ETH Zurich or EPFL in Lausanne, in conjunction with a partner from industry. By addressing subjects such as the provision of sustainable food and nutrition, production, packaging and digital health, the initiative aims to establish new techniques that will have an impact on food production and consumption in the foreseeable future.
Who is eligible?
The Future Food Fellowship is open to researchers at postdoctoral level in all disciplines relevant to food and nutrition.
- Applicants must submit a project that exploits new avenues of research, often transdisciplinary.
- They must also provide evidence of outstanding achievement in their particular scientific field.
- They must have found a mentor in academia (holding a chair at ETH Zurich or EPFL) who is willing to act as a host.
- Applicants must hold a doctorate (PhD) and must have obtained their doctoral degree at maximum three years before the submission deadline. The latest possible date for a successful defence of the PhD is 30 September succeeding the interview date.
- Applicants must not have been affiliated for studies, research, employment or other activities (with or without payment) at either ETH Zurich or EPFL during the 12 months that immediately precede the submission deadline.
- Applications will not be forwarded for evaluation if applicants already hold or have held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor) in a higher education institution in Switzerland or abroad.
How does the financial support work?
Financial support is given to fellows in the form of a personal grant. The funds will be transferred to the hosting laboratory to be entirely dedicated to the fellow’s research project, and will be administered by the host institution (ETH Zurich or EPFL).
How to Apply
The overarching goal of the Future Food Initiative is to develop solutions that address grand challenges, including sustainable packaging (for example the elimination of plastics) and affordable nutrition (for example combatting deficiencies and starvation globally). A successful fellow must demonstrate the willingness to engage with scientific or economic issues across the frontiers of food and nutrition sciences.
The programme is structured around annual calls for proposals for research projects at the postdoctoral level. The Fellowship provides personal research funds for three years that enable fellows to work on their projects in a research laboratory with a host professor at ETH Zurich or EPFL and, in certain instances, in industry (under conditions to be agreed upon).
Full proposals must be submitted electronically using the online submission tool. Please make sure to adhere to the page limits assigned to each section of the proposal.Apply here
Also Read YORK SCIENCE SCHOLARS AWARD 2020/2021