Forschungskredit Postdoc

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.

Qualified postdoctoral students embarking on an academic career receive Postdoc funding to support them in carrying out or finishing a research project at the UZH. Primarily salary funds are granted in order to provide researchers with protected research time for their project.

Who can submit an application?

Postdocs and habilitation candidates (until conferral of habilitation) who are either employed by or plan a research project at the UZH.

Postdocs of all genders whose research activities have been interrupted or delayed because they had to coordinate career and family may apply simultaneously for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship.

Not eligible for funding are assistant professors, externally funded assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors.

What will be funded?

  • The applicant’s salary
  • The salary of a co-worker (for example, a PhD student)
  • Materials (on a limited scale)
  • Duration of funding is 24 months at the most

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

When is the next deadline?

Calls for the Postdoc 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: Postdoc

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: Postdoc (valid for this call only) (PDF, 243 KB)


Application platform