Guidelines Prix Schläfli 2021

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 2021, four prizes will be awarded according to the following disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics

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.

All mathematical subjects – including statistics – are welcome to apply.

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 2017 and 31 October 2020. 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.


Only complete applications in English will be considered. Nominations must be submitted using our online form before 31 October 2020, 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 2020
  • Motivation letter from the candidate (max. 2 pages)

Laureates must present their research at an appropriate venue no later than one year after the SCNAT announcement of the Prix Schläfli awardees. The SCNAT provides a financial support for the participation at this venue.

The prize consists of CHF 5,000 plus support for participation at a venue in one of the scientific fields.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings:

We are sorry to inform that for this call, no candidates will be proposed to the jury of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings ( because de Lindau Meeting 2020 is postponed to 2021. The already nominated candidates selected by the SCNAT in 2019 and approved by the Lindau jury will participate to this meeting and no additional candidates will be selected.

31 October 2020: Deadline to submit the applications
March 2021: Announcement of the outcome to the candidates
Spring 2021: 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


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

+41 31 306 93 05