UZH Postdoc Team Award

The new UZH Postdoc Team Award is funded by a private donation to the President’s Fund of the UZH Foundation and it recognises interdisciplinary postdoctoral teams for an outstanding and independent scientific achievement with a sum of up to CHF 15’000.

The achievement should be characterised by social relevance and/or a social impact. To honour research as a collaborative endeavour, the prize will be awarded to teams rather than individual researchers.

Who can be nominated and who can nominate?

  • All members of the UZH can nominate postdoc teams for the prize.
  • Self-nominations are explicitly permitted.
  • A nominated team must consist of at least 2 persons.
  • The majority of the nominated persons must conduct research at the UZH.
  • Postdoc refers to all researchers in the phase between PhD and (assistant) professorship.
  • One PhD student or one BA/MA student can be part of the nominated team.


The total award sum is CHF 15’000. The award can be divided equally among up to three teams. The winners are expected to be present at the award ceremony and to be available for a dinner with the donor in early December or January. The award ceremony will take place during this dinner.


Please submit the following documents with your nomination:

  • Application form with details of the nominees and the nominator
  • A summary of the project and the main results (max. 4’000 characters)
  • Short statement on each of the evaluation criteria (see below, max. 1’500 characters each)
  • Max. two-page curriculum vitae of each nominee (if available, mandatory for self-nominations)


The nomination documents can be submitted in German or English and must be sent in one single PDF-file to

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Martin Bühler, Research Development:


Deadline: 18 September 2022


Download the nomination guidelines and the nomination form (DOCX, 61 KB).



Evaluation Procedure



The Research Committee of the UZH evaluates the nominations. The Committee consists of representatives of all UZH faculties and the representative bodies. Please consider this in your nomination and write for an educated but non-expert audience.


The nominated achievements are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Scientific quality
  2. Interdisciplinarity and added value of the collaboration
  3. Independence
  4. Societal impact and/or social relevance


Evaluation Criteria



  1. Scientific quality
  1. The research has been conducted in accordance with "good scientific practice".
  2. The nominated achievement is methodologically and theoretically sound and at the cutting edge of current research.
  3. The research question is scientifically relevant to the disciplines involved / the research fields in question.


  1. Interdisciplinarity and added value of the collaboration
  1. The team members come from different disciplines, preferably also from different organisational units (institutes, faculties).
  2. Approaching a research question from different disciplinary perspectives enables insights that would not have been gained without the cooperation.


  1. Independence (criteria are not additive)
  1. The research originated from the idea and initiative of the nominated persons.
  2. Planning and/or implementation of the research was largely independent of the supervisors.


  1. Societal impact and/or social relevance (criteria are not additive)
  1. The research relates to current societal issues or contemporary challenges (laid down e.g. in the UN Sustainable Development Goals).
  2. The research seeks to engage in dialogue with and involve a broader public (science communication, citizen science).
  3. The research has a demonstrable application reference in fields of practice (e.g. economy, politics, civil society, culture, education, health, environment, etc.).