Forschungskredit Candoc

Through funding from the Forschungskredit, the University of Zurich supports its junior scholars at the doctoral level (Candoc) and the postdoctoral level (Postdoc). As expected, nearly 8 million CHF can be allocated to approved projects in the year 2021.

Candoc funding goes toward promising young academics who would like to work on an excellent PhD thesis at the University of Zurich. Primarily salary funds are granted in order to provide researchers with protected research time for their project.

Who can submit an application?

Applicants are eligible if they intend to take a PhD degree at the University of Zurich. At the time of submitting an application, they must be enrolled at the UZH or have a binding confirmation from their future PhD supervisor at the UZH.

What will be funded?

  • The applicant’s salary
  • Materials (on a limited scale)
  • Duration of funding is 24 months at the most, with a maximum possible extension of 12 months

According to experience, each project receives CHF 50'000-100'000.

When is the next deadline?

Calls for the Candoc funding line take place once per annum.
Start of next call: 1 December 2020
Submission deadline: 1 February 2021 (applies as well to extensions)
Earliest start of funding: 1 August 2021

Call Forschungskredit 2021: Candoc

Submission deadline: 1 February 2021 at 17:00 (MEZ/CET)

Earliest start of funding: 1 August 2021


Please note

  • The confidential reference letters are integral parts of the application and must be submitted before the definitive submission of the application (at the latest on 1 February 2021, 17:00 (MEZ/CET).
  • The applicants send invitation and reminder e-mails to the reference persons via the application platform, can track the status of the letters and must ensure that the letters have arrived before the definitive submission of their applications.
  • The reference persons submit their letter via the application platform as a PDF file.


Documents and submission of applications

Application guidelines Forschungskredit 2021: Candoc (valid for this call only) (PDF, 267 KB)


Application platform