PhD Fellowships in Antibiotic Discovery

NCCR AntiResist is thrilled to hold its first Fellowship Call in 2022. The Fellowships in Antibiotic Discovery are awarded to highly ambitious and talented students and enables them to pursue their PhD studies in the vibrant, multidisciplinary community of NCCR AntiResist.

The application deadline for the fellowship call 2022 is March 1, 2022.

The NCCR AntiResist PhD Fellowships are unique in that they provide successful applicants with the opportunity to pursue their PhD within the Swiss-wide, multidisciplinary environment of the NCCR AntiResist consortium. Collaboration between the three major research fields of the NCCR AntiResist (clinical research, engineering and microbiology) is strengthened through a rotation-based selection of their research group of choice. Fellows will be part of a vibrant community of PhD students with educational benefits ranging from cross-disciplinary research projects and tutoring to hands-on teaching in state-of-the art technology and joint summer schools.


Candidates must hold or expect soon a MSc University degree or equivalent that qualifies them to pursue Doctoral Studies in Switzerland.


Applications have to be handed in online via the application portal.

The application must include the following documents as PDF files:

  • CV
  • Master’s degree diploma
  • Master’s degree transcript
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma
  • Bachelor’s degree transcript


The application form will further include some questions to elaborate on.

Additionally, a minimum of 2 reference letters must be provided. Reference letters must be requested through the application portal by providing information of at least 2 referees (usually faculty members).


After the application deadline, applications will be evaluated and the Selection Committee will nominate candidates shortlisted for further interviews.

The interview days will be held on May 16-18, 2022. The interviews will be held online.

After the interview days, candidates will be informed about who is awarded the fellowship.

Selected fellows will start with two mandatory rotations (2-3 months each) through at least two labs with diverse research foci to gain knowledge in at least two of the three main fields of the AntiResist research program (engineering, biology, clinics). At the end of the rotation period, students will draft a research proposal, which they will defend in front of an expert committee. After the rotation period, fellows will start their PhD in the research group of their choice.