Mertz Fellowship for polar and high altitude research collaboration between Switzerland and Australia

The Embassy of Switzerland in Australia, with the support of the Swiss Polar Institute, is officially launching the Mertz Fellowship programme to promote linkages between Swiss and Australian higher education and research institutions through scientific networking and joint projects.

The programme targets early-career researchers based in Switzerland or Australia and is open to all disciplines interested in polar regions and high altitude areas. Interdisciplinary projects as well as projects from, e.g., Social Sciences, Humanities and Economics, are also encouraged.

The award consists of one AUD 10,000 grant available per year from 2022 onward. The fellowship grant can be used toward travel and costs of living (including accommodation). Application deadline is 30 October 2022. 

Prospective applicants will find the call information, including the application form, on the Embassy’s website:

For additional information or clarification, prospective applicants should contact: