The University of Zurich awards the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship to a postdoctoral researcher who had a career break or a delay in research activities due to coordinating family and career.

More than 150 years ago Nadezhda Suslova (1843-1918) was the first woman in Switzerland to be awarded a doctorate. The physician, who received her doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1867, became the first university-trained doctor in Russia. In remembrance of the pioneer of women's studies, the University of Zurich annually honours a postdoc who has experienced a delay in research work due to coordinating family and career.

The award includes a salary for a period of 18 to 24 months (usually, the Forschungskredit Postdoc awards 6 to 12 months). In addition, the awardee can present his/her research results in a UZH publication (if possible and in an appropriate form; e.g., UZH News).

Postdocs of all genders whose research activities were interrupted or delayed because they had to coordinate career and family are eligible to apply for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship.

A time-out for childcare, a longer and more serious illness, the care of elderly or sick relatives or death in the closest family (partner, children) are recognized as reasons. 

A 6- to 24-month phase during (post-)doctoral studies in which the research activity had been completely or largely suspended is recognized as an interruption (a level of employment of max. 60% – in phases or during the entire period – is accepted).

Submission of applications and approval take place within the procedure of the UZH Postdoc Grant. In addition to the guidelines (PDF, 357 KB) of the UZH Postdoc Grant, supplementary regulations (PDF, 132 KB) apply to the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship. Applicants who apply for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship apply automatically and simultaneously for the Forschungskredit Postdoc.

Who is eligible to submit an application?

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

What will be funded?

  • The applicant’s salary
  • Materials (on a limited scale)
  • Duration of funding is, as a rule,18 to 24 months

When is the next deadline?

Calls for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowhip take place once per annum.
Start of next call: 1 December 2022
Submission deadline: 1 February 2023
Earliest start of funding: 1 August 2023

Call Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship 2022

2022 a Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Elisa Bandini for her project "Ape Research Index (ARI): Measuring the effect of previous experience in research tasks on chimpanzee cognition", to Dr. Christina Neier for her project "Solidarität zwischen Gliedstaaten. Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung eines föderalen Grundprinzips des Bundesstaates und der Europäischen Union", to Dr. Cora Olpe for her project "Elucidating the mechanisms causing early cell death during adult hippocampal neurogenesis" and to Dr. David Wörner for his project "Primitive Identity". The binding decision will be sent to applicants by the end of June 2022 at the latest.