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Swiss National Science Foundation early mobility awards

The Isaac Newton Trust supports applications from holders of 18-month SNSF Early Mobility Awards in Cambridge who wish to seek institutional support for an extension to complete the project within a total of 2 years. Normally, if progress is good and a strong case is made for a 2-year timetable for completion of the work, the Trust is happy to grant an extension.

How to apply

There is no specific deadline for applications, which can be considered at any time during the academic year, but you should apply no earlier than 6 months after you start your SNSF award and no later than 3 months before the end of your existing SNSF award. This is to enable your host PI to write a reference attesting to your progress while in Cambridge and the desirability of extending the award to 2 years.

Please send the following as a single pdf with the documents in this order to :

  • A letter from you stating your Cambridge host department and PI, and the start and end dates of the intended extension;
  • A copy of the award letter from SNSF stating the amount, start date and duration of your early mobility award;
  • A statement of your research programme, including a timetable for completion of the project within the timescale of the award (including the  planned extension) : no more than 3 sides of A4 in total.

Please also ask your Cambridge host PI to send a letter of reference  separately to the Director, commenting on your progress while engaged in the mobility scheme and making clear specifically why the extension is needed in terms of the completion of the project and your academic career.

What we offer

We will match the salary granted by the SNSF for 6 months. We also make National Insurance and pension contributions on our 6-month grant because the University of Cambridge will effectively be your employer during that period.

We do not offer any contribution to research costs.



to our Trustees Sir Gregory Winter, jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, on the award of the 2018 Balzan Prize for her contributions in Social Anthropology.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

Thursday 14 March 2019 at 4pm

Thursday 4 July 2019 at 3pm

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the 2018-2019 timetable may be found here.

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2018 Michaelmas Term round  is now open (deadline 12 November)

The Leverhulme Trust has announced its Early Career Fellowships competition for 2019; the internal Cambridge competition details will be announced by the end of October.

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 Thank-you Newton!'



Our first Fellows' Day, for early career research fellows partially funded by the Trust, was held on 14 June, with a series of fascinating talks by 15 of our Leverhulme ECF, Humboldt, ESRC and Max-Cam Fellows, followed by networking over drinks.

Recent deadlines

College Teaching Officer Research Leave - the 2018 Round is now closed.

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships - has now closed for October 2019 starts

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