IRP Post-doctoral Fellowship

In order to promote basic and clinical research related to spinal cord injury and neuroregeneration, IRP provides fellowships to young scientists who are either:

  • from Switzerland and who want to join an outstanding laboratory or clinic abroad, or
  • from abroad and who wish to work in Switzerland.


Subsidies are of the following types:

1. A fellowship for up to 2 years in an outstanding basic research laboratory specialised in one or several aspects of CNS and spinal cord lesions and repair, preferentially in mammals. A 3rd year may be attributed to a fellow who returns to Switzerland from abroad.

2. A 1 year fellowship in a clinical research laboratory situated in the fields of diagnosis and acute lesion management of spinal cord injury, including surgery, neurology, urology, rehabilitation, and other areas related to paraplegia.

Review of application

Applications will be screened by the IRP Scientific Committee and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Training potential of the fellowship and potential of the laboratory’s area of research
  • Accomplishments of the candidate
  • Quality of the host laboratory/endorsement by the host University
  • Scientific originality and quality of the proposal
  • Information given by the candidate regarding his/her motivation and goals


  • Living allowance: 70’000.- CHF/year
  • Research and travel allowance: up to 9’000.- CHF/year
  • Family support and child allowances can be paid depending on the fellow’s situation.
  • Laboratory financial backing to be discussed on a per case basis.

 The deadline for applications is 31 October each year.

The IRP Scientific Committee evaluates applications by February of the following year. The winners of IRP Post-doctoral Fellowships are named by the IRP foundation's board in March, funds being available by the second semester of the same year.

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