Collegium Helveticum


The Collegium’s international fellowship program is open to both highly promising early-career researchers and artists as well as exceptional scholars and artists who are established in their careers. The fellowships provide protected time and space for individual research projects and facilitate exchange across disciplines. The Collegium values diversity and welcomes applications from all disciplines represented at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, and the Zurich University of the Arts.

A short portrait of the fellowship program at the Collegium. Film by David Bucheli

Fellowship types

Early-career fellows are postdoctoral researchers or art school graduates at an equivalent stage in their career. Senior fellows are established artists or academics. Additionally, the Collegium supports scholars at risk. Associate fellows are local faculty members who support the international fellows. A fellowship year runs from September 1 to June 30. Early-career fellowships last the whole ten months, while the duration of senior fellowships may vary.







Academic life at the Collegium

As members of the Collegium community, fellows are actively involved in academic life at the Semper Observatory and have ample opportunities for dialogue about their projects. The Collegium places great emphasis on engagement and interaction across disciplines. It is an inspiring meeting place for both international fellows and different audiences to come together.

A shared place for research

Located in the historic Semper Observatory close to the main campuses of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, the Collegium provides a unique place for fellows to work and think together.

Encounters and exchange

The Collegium facilitates exchange and discussion among the community of fellows. Such conversations happen informally within the shared office spaces or through organized formats that invite dialogue across disciplines.


The Collegium as a venue

The event program is a central part of the fellowship experience at the Collegium. Each fellow organizes an event around their work to share ideas with colleagues and interested audiences. From lectures and workshops to performances and exhibitions, these events can take many forms.

Diversity of perspectives

The fellowship program at the Collegium is open to academics and artists of all backgrounds and disciplines. With each year, the Collegium’s community of fellows grows and evolves.