Training and Certification

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With the programme certification we have a vision: offering postdoctoral fellows accredited training components as groundwork for future appointments. Emerging scholars may build up a strong portfolio that articulates the knowledge, experience and competencies they have acquired. As scholars move from one postdoctoral position to the next, documenting achievements in researcher’s development becomes essential.

The certification gives evidence of continuous education and career development activities of the fellows and follows the recommendations for life-long learning in the European Qualification Framework and the European Framework for Research Careers.

The certification is issued by the University of Zurich and the host organisation of the fellow.


By carrying out activities in all pillars of the programme the 180 hours necessary for the certification can be completed:

The templates for the revision of the PDP, including the table for accrediting your PLANT FELLOWS and affiliated courses, can be downloaded here.


The PLANT FELLOWS course offer is complemented by affiliated continuous education courses at the following host organisations:


The complete course catalogue is available here.