Guidelines Prix Schläfli 2018

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 2018, the four awards are selected from among the following natural sciences disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences, with a focus on the theme “A Habitable Planet”
  • Pure or Applied Mathematics

The subject area defined by the Platform Geosciences is the title of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2018.

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

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 ata Swiss university or Swiss nationals who completed their PhD thesis abroad. Candidates must have defended their doctoral thesis between1 November 2014 and 31 October 2017. 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 2017 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 2 chapters of a monograph thesis. For the discipline Pure or Applied Mathematics, one article or the full thesis may be submitted). The article is pre-published online or published before 31 October 2017
  • 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 congress. The participation at this congress is organised by the laureates and financed by the SCNAT (max CHF 1’500).

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

31 October 2017: Submission deadline
March: Announcement of the outcomes
25 May 2018: Awards ceremony at 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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