Scholars at Risk at the Collegium Helveticum

Updated: 2 days ago
Job Type: Permanent

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Collegium Helveticum is committed to facilitating unconditional intellectual exchange and the freedom to think and ask critical questions. Since 2022, it is a member of the international Scholars at Risk network . Its member institutions are devoted to “protecting scholars and the freedom to think, question, and share ideas.”

Do you need to be acknowledged as a scholar at risk? The New York office of the international scholars at risk network assesses your situation and provides documentation that acknowledges you as a scholar at risk.

With the financial support of the OPO Foundation and the SHG Foundation , starting in 2023, the Collegium will be able to host three fully funded scholars at risk as fellows for up to six months.

If you are a scholar at risk looking to connect with colleagues in Zurich and are interested in interdisciplinary exchange, feel free to contact Mario Wimmer at .

Project background

The Collegium Helveticum is committed to intellectual freedom, and the freedom to question and exchange ideas. The privilege of unconditional academic freedom enjoyed by the fellows at the Collegium Helveticum creates a responsibility beyond the local institutional framework. Therefore, the Collegium decided to join both the international and the Swiss Scholars at Risk networks and reach out to scholars and scientists facing the threat of political persecution.

Job description

The Collegium Helveticum SAR residential fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines represented at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich (UZH), and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) who face an immediate political threat. If you have contact with a faculty member in your field at one of our three supporting universities. Please ask them to write a short letter of support and submit it with your application. The supporting faculty member becomes an associate fellow .

SAR fellows usually are employed as postdoctoral researchers at ETH Zurich for up to six months. They are free to pursue their individual research as proposed with the application and take part in Collegium’s artistic and academic programs. The duration of the fellowship is contingent on your situation and the stage of your career.

Your profile

Scholars at risk may be academic professors, researchers, or lecturers with a history of employment at an academic institution of higher education facing high levels of direct risk. We ask you to provide documentation of your status as a scholar at risk by submitting one of the following

  • acknowledgement as a scholar at risk by the SAR network
  • acknowledgement as a scholar at risk by a Swiss university as part of the SNSF actions to support scholars at risk
  • statement of your situation with supporting documentation of an immediate threat

In addition, the Collegium Helveticum would be an ideal environment if

  • you seek to benefit from and contribute to a vibrant community fostering interdisciplinary exchange 
  • your research transgresses disciplinary boundaries

Your workplace

Your workplace

We offer

SAR fellows are provided with a desk, access to IT and library infrastructure as well as a computer if required. Associate fellows may agree to integrate fellows into their group part-time and provide infrastructure for their research. Since the Collegium cannot provide laboratory infrastructure or studio space, you can arrange to use up to 40% of your time to do work outside of the Semper Observatory if this is essential for the proposed project or furthers their skills in important ways. Usually, such arrangements would be made in close cooperation with the associate fellow and require approval by the Collegium’s directorate. The Collegium Helveticum cannot provide housing for its SAR fellows. 

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We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • Description of the research you would like to pursue during your fellowship and why this fits the interdisciplinary environment of the Collegium Helveticum (2-3 pp)
  • Documentation of your status as a scholar at risk
  • Curriculum vitae including a full list of publications and other relevant output
  • Copy of passport or ID
  • Copy of work permit
  • Copy of PhD certificate
  • Associate fellow’s letter of support (if available)

The call remains open until positions are filled.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Collegium Helveticum can be found on our website Collegium Helveticum . For questions regarding the position please contact Mario Wimmer ( ).

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