With the award of one Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship per year the UZH enables a postdoctoral researcher to return to the academic career after a career break or a delay in research activities due to incompatibility reasons.

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

A time-out for childcare, a longer and more serious illness, the care of elderly or sick relatives or death in the closest family are recognized as incompatibility reasons. As a rule, a 9- to 24-month phase during which the research activity must be completely or largely suspended is recognized as an interruption.

Submission of applications and approval take place within the procedure of the Postdoc funding line of the Forschungskredit. In principle, the same application requirements and approval criteria apply as stated in the application guidelines for the Forschungskredit Postdoc. In addition, supplementary regulations (PDF, 130 KB) apply to the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship. Applicants who apply for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship apply automatically and simultaneously for the Forschungskredit Postdoc.

Who can submit an application?

Female and male Postdocs whose research activities have been interrupted or delayed because of incompatibility reasons 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 2020
Submission deadline: 1 February 2021
Earliest start of funding: 1 August 2021

Call Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship 2020

Submission deadline: 3 February 2020 at 17:00 (MEZ/CET)

Earliest start of funding: 1 August 2020


Substantial changes with this call:

  • 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 3 February 2020, 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 2020: Postdoc (valid for this call only) (PDF, 242 KB)

Supplementary regulations Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship 2020 (valid for this call only) (PDF, 130 KB)

Supplementary application form Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship 2020 (valid for this call only) (DOCX, 91 KB)


Approved project 2020

In the 2020 award period, no application was selected for funding with the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship.