International Space Science Institute (ISSI)Hallerstrasse 6
3012 Bern

Phone +41 31 684 48 96

Our scientific opportunities support the community through six distinct modes of operation. Links to proposal templates or on-line submission forms are provided for each individual tool.

Find explanations, forms of applications and an overview of current and past activities.

Visiting Scientists

Apply for an ISSI Visit

ISSI invites researchers of all career stages – at any time of the year*  – to submit a research proposal to spend time at ISSI as a Visiting Scientist.

The application is open to all scientists, regardless of nationality or institutional affiliation, who are actively involved in any of the following research fields:

  1. Space Science: Astrobiology, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Fundamental Physics in Space, Magnetospheric and Space Plasma Physics, Planetary Sciences, Solar and Heliospheric Physics, and Solar-Terrestrial Sciences.
  2. Earth Sciences using space data. This includes understanding and modelling Earth system processes, as well as climate change projections.

Visiting scientists typically spend between a week to two months maximum at ISSI to conduct research related to data from space missions in cooperation with ISSI staff and/or in synergy with ongoing ISSI activities. Collaborations with research institutes in Switzerland are welcome. Early career scientists are also encouraged to apply, but should include a support statement from their advisor in their application.

ISSI supports visiting scientists with office space and funding to cover living costs (per diem & accommodation) while in Bern.

ISSI is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and visitors.

While applications can be submitted at any time of the year, the number of visitors ISSI can accommodate at any given time is limited. We therefore encourage applicants to apply well in advance if they have calendar constraints.

Enquiries about the ISSI Visiting Scientist application should be directed to the ISSI Science Program Manager, Dr. Mark Sargent, at

* Applications are evaluated by the ISSI directorate on a monthly basis.

ISSI Visitor Application

Contact Information

Country of your host institution

Proposed Research

Summarize the background, objectives, timeliness and expected outcomes/deliverables of your planned work, including any synergies with other ISSI activities. (max. 600 words)
What are the unique attributes of ISSI that will benefit your planned work? (max. 150 words)
For collaborator(s) outside ISSI: please specify their affiliation.
E.g., International Team membership, Workshops, Working Groups, Forums, etc.

Maximum file size: 2.1MB

PDF, max 5 MB


Proposed dates of your stay at ISSI
A Spiral Amongst Thousands
Credits ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, A. Martel