6 Postdoctoral fellowships available in field of Life Sciences

IBSA Foundation was established in 2012 in Lugano, Switzerland, by the pharmaceutical company IBSA Institut Biochimique SA.

With the aim of promoting and allowing young and talented researchers to do great science, IBSA Foundation for scientific research offers 6 fellowships of € 30,000 in the following research fields: dermatology, endocrinology, fertility/urology, orthopaedics/rheumatology/pain medicine and for the 2022 special edition “Healthy Aging”.


Applicants of any nationality must be under 40 years old on the deadline for the submission of proposals.

They must have a degree in medicine, biology, pharmacy, biotechnology or bioengineering. Open to PhD students, PhD, Post-Doc and residents. Permanent positions such as Professors cannot apply.

For the entire duration of the grant, applicants must be active in the Host Institution, i.e. a research organisation (such as universities, hospitals or other research centres), irrespective of its legal status (organized under public or private law), whose primary goal is to independently conduct non-economic biomedical research and to disseminate its results.

Application Procedure

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals no later than the 31 December 2022 and shall provide the following additional documents as separate files:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. List of PubMed publications (max.5) of the past five years
  3. Cover letter of a short self-presentation

Applications and supporting documentation are only accepted via the online application system.



The budget (before taxes and duties) includes funding for salary and mobility costs, and is intended to cover the cost of living for 12 months. The fellowship is compatible with other awards and can be used to increase the salary.

Bench fees, overheads, funds for consumables or any other financial benefits for the host supervisor/the receiving institute are not covered.

Projects must start by 2023 and fellowship holders cannot move the beginning of the fellowship to the following year.

The salary rate depends on the country being visited and may be subject to taxation. The IBSA Foundation cannot advise on respective national tax regulations and we recommend fellowship winners to contact the relevant authorities in the host country.

Payment Instalments

The grant will be paid in two instalments directly on the bank account (IBAN) indicated by the candidate. Written confirmation of the start date by the host supervisor is mandatory. A first instalment of 50% will be paid before the start of the project and the secondinstalment of 50% by the end of the year 2023.

Selection Process

Proposals are evaluated by the Scientific Board of IBSA Foundation through a peer review process. The Board will make its final decision after having considered the recommendations of the Board. Award decisions are final.

Applicants are promptly informed as soon as a decision is reached, normally within two months from the deadline. The award is assigned only after presentation of the acceptance letter by the Host Institution, which should be sent to the IBSA Foundation within one week of the communication.      

Award winners are invited to attend the Award Ceremony that will take place in the first quarter of 2023. Date and venue will be confirmed when the results are official announced. Travel costs and a one-night accommodation will be covered by IBSA Foundation. Any companions will be charged to the candidate.