Guidelines Prix Schläfli 2019

Rewarding the best Swiss PhDs in the natural sciences

The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) awards the Prix Schläfli for excellent scientific articles resulting from PhDs. In 2019, the four awards are selected from among the following natural sciences disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Physics

The disciplines "Mathematics", "Astronomy" and "Physics" are proposed consecutively.

Articles on clinical and pharmaceutical research are out of scope of the Prix Schläfli and will not be considered.

A jury is established for each of the four areas in order to evaluate the candidates and choose the laureate.

Eligible are young researchers who did their doctoral thesis at a Swiss university or Swiss nationals who completed their PhD thesis abroad. Candidates must have defended their doctoral thesis between 1st November 2015 and 31st October 2018. Nominations can only be submitted by the supervisor of the candidate or by a SCNAT member society.

A nomination can only be submitted once, even if the work could be submitted to different fields of the Prix Schläfli.


Only complete applications in English will be considered. Nominations must be submitted via an online form before 31 October 2018 and contain the following documents:

  • Motivation letter from the supervisor or the president of the SNCAT member society nominating the candidate and the submitted article (max. 2 pages)
  • CV of the candidate (max. 2 pages)
  • One article from the PhD (or 1 or at most 2 chapters of a monograph thesis). The article has to be pre-published online or published before 31 October 2018
  • Motivation letter from the candidate (max. 2 pages)

No later than one year after the Award ceremony, the laureates have to present the distinguished research at an appropriate conference. The participation at this conference is organized by the laureates and financed by the SCNAT (max CHF 1’500).

The Prize consists of CHF 5’000 plus support for a conference participation in one of the scientific fields.

31 October 2018: Submission deadline
March 2019: Announcement of the outcomes
24 May 2019: Awards ceremony after the SCNAT General Assembly

Contact details

Dr Anne Jacob (- Streiff)
Académie suisse des sciences naturelles SCNAT
Maison des Académies
Laupenstrasse 7
Case postale
CH-3001 Berne

+41(0)31 306 93 05

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