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ZKS/EPFL PRIZE Award in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

ZKS/EPFL PRIZE Award in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability


The Foundation annually awards an EPFL Prize (Zeno Karl Schindler/EPFL award), worth 20'000 Swiss francs. The "Zeno Karl Schindler/EPFL " Prize is awarded by the Research Commission of the EPFL on behalf of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation.


The purpose of the "Zeno Karl Schindler/EPFL " Prize is to distinguish a post-doctoral work (high level research project and publications or doctoral thesis with a research project and publications) of particular excellence performed at EPFL, in the field of environmental sciences and/or sustainability.




For Postdocs max 5 years after PhD completion (the following exceptions will be taken into consideration: maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave / inability to work due to illness or accident / continuing education).

No PATTs or Prof boursier.

Resubmission limited (1 time only).



Application procedure

Application files should contain the following documents:


  • a supporting letter, written by the professor or principal investigator of the unit in which the candidate is enrolled, this letter has to include a detailed justification for the nomination


  • the addresses of three international referees


  • a scientific report: summary of scientific achievements (max. 5 pages)


  • a curriculum vitae (date of birth, private address, photo ...)


  • a list of scientific publications


  • the three most important publications of the candidate.


CV and publication’s list must be consolidated in one PDF file.

The SNSF guidelines must be used for organizing the CV and the publication ‘s list.


The original paper version of the application should be send to the Research Commission of the EPFL, together with an electronic version of the files in .pdf or .zip, burned on a CD-ROM or sent by email research@epfl.ch.




Candidates can be nominated by EPFL professors or they can apply directly to the "Vice-présidence pour les affaires académiques": EPFL-VPAA, Prix de recherche, PA - Ecublens, Station 5, 1015 Lausanne, no later than March 1st of the year in which the prize is awarded.


Please note that a candidate can only be proposed for a single award.

The nominations will be evaluated by the Research Commission of the EPFL, which is entitled to seek independent expert opinion concerning the candidates, and will present its proposition to the President of the EPFL.



More information

Commission de recherche EPFL research@epfl.ch



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