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Guidelines Prix Schläfli 2022

Awarding the best Swiss PhDs in natural sciences

The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) awards the Prix Schläfli for excellent scientific articles resulting from PhDs. In 2022, four prizes will be awarded according to the following disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Physics

The last discipline rotates annually between Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy.

Articles on clinical and pharmaceutical research are beyond the 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.

Eligibility is limited to young researchers who completed their doctoral thesis at a Swiss university, or Swiss nationals who completed their doctoral thesis abroad. Candidates must have defended their doctoral thesis between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2021. Nominations may only be submitted by the candidate’s doctoral supervisor or by the president of an SCNAT member society.

Only one article per nomination may be submitted to one of the proposed disciplines.

The supervisor or candidate should contact the SCNAT if she or he is not sure in which discipline to apply (interdisciplinary research).


Only complete applications in English will be considered. Nominations must be submitted using our online form before 31 October 2021, including the following documents:

  • Recommendation letter from the doctoral supervisor or the president of the SCNAT member society nominating the candidate (max. 2 pages). The supervisor or the president must specify the contribution of the nominee if the article in question has multiple authors.
  • CV of the candidate (max. 2 pages)
  • One article from the PhD (or 1–2 chapters of a monograph thesis). For the discipline Mathematics, one article or the full thesis may be submitted. The article must be published online or fully published before 31 October 2021
  • Motivation letter from the candidate (max. 2 pages)

The prize consists of CHF 5,000.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings:

For this call, the best candidates in chemistry will be proposed to the jury of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings ( These selected candidates will have the opportunity to apply to participate in the Lindau Meeting 2022.


31 October 2021: Deadline to submit the applications
December 2021: Selection of candidates in chemistry for the Lindau Meeting
April 2022: Announcement of the outcome to the candidates
Spring 2022: Communication of the names of the laureates and official press release

Award ceremonies are organized no later than one year after the official announcement of the laureates. The SCNAT provides a financial support for the participation at this venue.


Dr Anne Jacob
Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern