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Competitive Sabbaticals UZH

Protected time for revising research projects or publishing results is crucial, particularly in the arts and social sciences.

That is why the University of Zurich has introduced additional competitive sabbaticals for UZH professors at all faculties.

Objectives and formal conditions

  • The competitive sabbatical is geared toward helping professors complete the final stages of a larger research project (e.g. completion of a monograph, an Opus magnum, or of fundamental research articles) or to open up a new field of research.
  • At least two semesters must separate the requested competitive sabbatical from the previous and the next regular sabbatical.
  • A qualified junior scholar at UZH must assume all teaching responsibilities during the professor's absence.
  • The University of Zurich adopts the costs for the replacement teaching appointment (max. 6 SWS for full professors, max. 4 SWS for associate professors).
  • The head of the institute/department must support the professor's application for a sabbatical.


Applications can be submitted on 1 February and 1 August to the responsible Dean. An application is possible for the semester after the next semester (e. g. application per 1.8.2022 for a sabbatical in HS 2023).


Weiterführende Informationen


Dr. Anastasia Risch
Phone 044 634 20 30

SNSF Reduction of teaching commitments

As part of a pilot project, the SNSF awards grants for reducing teaching commitments for applicants in the humanities and social sciences. The application for a reduction of teaching activities must be submitted to the SNSF together with the project application.


Reductions of one to a maximum of four hours per week per semester (HWS) can be financed for a project of two to four years. Per HWS the SNSF awards a blanket amount of CHF 6000. The hours affected by the reduction can be distributed across one or two semesters.