About the Programme

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“I am very excited about the PLANT FELLOWS initiative of the PSC as it will allow networking between postdoctoral fellows and their host institutions at an international level. The postdoctoral fellows constitute a segment of academic research that is of utmost importance, but is the least organised and mentored at the institutional level. Thus they would benefit most from good preparatory training for the job market, from international contacts, mentoring, and networking activities. Such activities are even more important in a field such as plant sciences, which is often only represented by a small number of research groups in a department or a faculty. I am convinced that the PLANT FELLOWS programme will become an international flagship for plant sciences and greatly benefit the postdoctoral fellows in planning their careers and being successful on the job market.”

Prof. Ueli Grossniklaus, former president of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center and chair of the PLANT FELLOWS programme


PLANT FELLOWS is a new international post doc fellowship programme in the field of plant sciences co-funded by the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND).

PLANT FELLOWS is centrally managed at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center is a competence center of three Swiss universities, the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich. The University of Zurich will act as the coordinator of PLANT FELLOWS. Professor Ueli Grossniklaus at the University of Zurich is chair of the programme (see contact for further details).

PLANT FELLOWS is open to applicants from all over the world. 13 European and 7 international universities and research institutes and 3 industry partners have been predefined as host organisations on the basis of their excellence in higher education and plant research.

PLANT FELLOWS offers approx. 69 new post doc fellowships spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration) and a structured training programme, including workshops, dedicated training in complementary skills and industrial placements. Unique in its kind, the fellows of the programme have the opportunity to obtain a PLANT FELLOWS Training Certification after successfully completing the whole training programme.

PLANT FELLOWS thus aims at establishing a training and qualification framework in the area of life-long learning/vocational training, which complements the present postdoctoral training in plant sciences with an international competitive dimension.