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NOMIS–ETH Fellowship Program

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How did life on Earth begin? How did it develop and proliferate? And is there life on other planets? These are fundamental questions about life that are still unknown. Over recent decades, answering some of humanity’s most profound questions has evolved from a speculative pursuit to an urgent endeavor that has galvanized disciplines across the physical and life sciences. Despite spectacular progress made in various disciplines, our knowledge of the origins of life on Earth, and more generally in the Universe, is in its infancy. Answering questions about how and why life began and placing new observations in context is an immense scientific challenge that requires an unprecedented and innovative collaboration between disciplines.

Supporting this interdisciplinary and collaborative effort, the NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program is enabling exceptional early-career researchers to explore these big questions, make connections, take risks and build bridges across the boundaries of disciplines. The fellowships will be hosted at the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich.

About the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life

Established in 2022 at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life aims to establish an ambitious and innovative collaboration between different disciplines to comprehensively address the fundamental questions about life and advance our understanding of the processes that led to the emergence of life. More than 40 research groups from five departments will work together with their counterparts from around the world to investigate the origin of life on and beyond Earth.

NOMIS Fellow
ETH Zurich
November 3, 2023
The NOMIS Fellowship Programs at ETH Zurich, ISTA and the Salk Institute have been featured in an advertorial in Science. NOMIS Fellows David Brückner, Anna-Maria Globig, Maayan Levy, Zhi Liu and Craig […]
September 22, 2023
Researchers from the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich, including NOMIS–ETH Fellow Craig Walton, emerge from the inaugural conference of the Origins Federation with insightful perspectives […]
September 8, 2023
The 2023 call for applications for the NOMIS–ETH Fellowship Program within the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life is open! Applications are open until 10 November 2023 at 17:00 […]
April 17, 2023
Craig Walton has been named the first NOMIS–ETH Fellow at the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich. Dr. Walton is a planetary scientist, hailing from Scotland. His […]
October 14, 2022
ETH Zurich has announced a call for proposals for the new NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program. The NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program supports incoming postdoctoral researchers at ETH Zurich within the Centre […]
September 2, 2022
In conjunction with the opening of the new Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich, the NOMIS Foundation and ETH have launched the NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program. […]