MedLab Fellowships

The ETH Zurich MedLab Fellowship programme (MedLab Fellows) supports incoming medical doctors at ETH Zurich. It aims to promote young researchers who have already demonstrated scientific excellence in the early stages of their careers.

Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and the potential host, who must be an ETH Zurich professor and willing to act as the mentor of the fellow. There must be convincing synergies between the host (group) and the ETH MedLab Fellow. The fellowships are intended as early support towards academic independence, hence priority will be given to applicants who propose their own projects. Thus, it is important that applicants come up with their own ideas and draft the application themselves and that the applicant and mentor have not closely collaborated prior to the fellowship.

The duration of an ETH MedLab Fellowship is one year full-time to a maximum of three years part-time. The fellowship is competitive with only a limited number of fellowships available each year.

Deadlines each year:
31 January, 23:59 CET

Submission of Research Proposal and all other documents (see DownloadGuidelines (PDF, 114 KB)) by submission form. Please use the templates for the DownloadResearch Proposal (DOCX, 45 KB) and DownloadEthical issues (DOCX, 48 KB).

Candidates need to be at the "Assistenzarzt" level at the time of the submission deadline, holding a Dr. med. and on their way to the "Facharzttitel", practicing and resident in Switzerland.

In addition, at least one year of clinical experience as well as a prior research record are required.  

The fellowship covers the fellow's salary for one year and may cover additional project costs:

  • The exact height of the fellow's salary is determined in accordance with ETH Zurich’s standard conditions for postdoc salaries.
  • The project costs must not be higher than 100,000 CHF.
  • The total costs must not be higher than 200,000 CHF. One third of the sum is taken over by the fellow's host professor at ETH.

Please fill in the submission form and upload the Research Proposal and all other documents (see DownloadGuidelines (PDF, 114 KB)) as one single PDF file.

The templates for the DownloadResearch Proposal (DOCX, 45 KB) and DownloadEthical issues (DOCX, 48 KB) can be downloaded from this page.

The MedLab Evaluation Committee is responsible for the evaluation of applications. Proposals are assessed in the first step, after which selected candidates are invited to an interview.

The interview takes place at ETH Zurich or virtually and lasts about 15 - 30 minutes. Please reserve all interview dates given below until you have been assigned a specific date. Individual preferences cannot be considered.

The Evaluation Committee will make its funding recommendation to the Vice President Research at ETH Zurich, who makes the final funding decision.

The MedLab Evaluation Committee includes 7 members as well as a Chair, and is appointed by the Vice President for Research at ETH Zurich. The Chair as well as the members of the Evaluation Committee are faculty members of the ETH Zurich.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2022, 23:59 CET

Interview dates: 15/16 March 2022

The final funding decisions are communicated about two months after the submission deadline.

ETH MedLab Fellows are expected to start their fellowship at the latest on 1 June 2022.

Further information

You may contact or for further information on the ETH Zurich MedLab Fellowships. Before writing to us, please read the documents provided on this website carefully, especially the DownloadGuidelines for MedLab Fellowships (PDF, 114 KB).


Dr. Maya Barben

  • HPL H 16.2

Quantitative Biomedizin
Otto-Stern-Weg 7
8093 Zürich

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