How to obtain your first post-doctoral fellowship

Monday November 9, 2020

Rescheduled to Monday November 9, 2020!

Venue: ONLINE !

Due to the still ongoing COVID19 pandemic, we have decided to switch this workshop to online.


To learn how to develop competitive post doc fellowship applications 


  • Prof. Matthias Erb, University of Bern, Head of section Biotic Interactions / executive director.

Content and pre-course assignment

The ability to acquire third party funding is essential for a successful career in science. For young scientists, the first opportunity in this regard is personal fellowships such as an SNF Mobility or Marie Curie Fellowship.

This workshop aims at training PhD students to become successful applicants for their first post doc fellowship.

The first part of the course covers all stages of the application process, including how to choose the right program, how to develop a competitive proposal and how to pass the interview.

The second part of the course focuses on the specific projects of the participants and provides hands-on guidance and examples on how to maximize their chance of success.

Note that the workshop is designed specifically for advanced-stage PhD students who are about to start or already in the process of applying for a post-doctoral fellowship. It is not an information session on general career opportunities in science.

Pre-course assignment (deadline October 4, 2020) => deadline extension: October 11 !

The participants are requested to start developing a post-doctoral application prior to the course and send the draft materials together with an updated CV to Matthias Erb until October 11, 2020. No fully developed projects are required, but the drafts should at least indicate the general direction and logic of the project.

General information

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, room C001 (animalerie building)  ONLINE

ECTS: 0.5 (Communication)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact the doctoral program coordinator

Registration fee: free

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students and postdocs who are about to start or already in the process of applying for post-doctoral fellowships.
    However, until October 11, 2020 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology DPOB" participants
  • Maximum number of participants: 7 people

Registration through the web only: Closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 100).

Deadline: September 27, 2020 Deadline extension: October 4 !