GRC Grants

Funding for PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers

What are Graduate Campus Grants?

Graduate Campus (GRC) Grants are funds for junior researchers' activities which aim to:

  • Strengthen the capability of PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers of UZH.
  • Support PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers of UZH in their academic career and research activities.
  • Promote networking and academic interaction within the University of Zurich and with the scientific community at large.

What can be funded?

  • Various forms of activities such as workshops, seminars or lecture series, small conferences, summer or winter schools, colloquia, networking days, panel discussions or other suitable activities.
  • Single events or series of events can be funded. However the financing of events or series of events through the Graduate Campus is limited to 12 months. A request for an extension may only be submitted once.

The format of fundable activities is left purposefully open so as not to limit the creativity and diversity of ideas of applicants. However, the activities have to be self-initiated and organized by PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers of UZH and junior researchers have to be actively involved in the activity. GRC Grants can also be used as matching funds. See the following website for inspiring ideas from past projects:  overview of funded projects

What can funds be applied for?

  • Activity costs
  • Expenses of external experts (according to UZH regulations on expenses (PDF, 163 KB))
  • In special circumstances, travel expenses for UZH participants can be applied for if the planned activities take place outside of UZH. In general though, the events should take place in Zurich so that a maximum number of junior researchers at UZH can participate.

The funding request should take into account the scope and the specific format of the activity. The scope of funding which can be applied for is from CHF 4'000 to maximum CHF 10'000. For financial support for projects with a smaller funding volume please see GRC Short Grants.

What cannot be funded?

  • Activities that are part of the regular curricula within a doctoral program or a graduate school
  • Established activities for example by doctoral programs or institutes 
  • Salaries, teaching assignments and as a general rule, no speaker fees*
  • Research or conference travel
  • As a general rule, no travels abroad
  • Additional funding for conference papers or other similar publications**

* Should speaker fees be absolutely necessary, then the fees must be justified in detail in the application.

** Exceptional cases are conference papers or other similar publications arising from activities funded by GRC. An application for financial support for such cases has to be submitted separately after a successful accomplishment of the initial activity.

Application requirements

Basics: A counseling interview with the GRC Coordination Office is recommended before submitting your application. Contact: Dr. Snjezana Kovjanic

  • Activity is initiated and self-organized by junior researchers.
  • At least three junior researchers of UZH apply together for the grant.
  • Activity is relevant for the applicants’ research and career.
  • Participants are actively included in the activity (e.g. presentations, poster sessions or other suitable forms).
  • The program is planned in such a way that a direct and vigorous discussion between invited experts and junior researchers is enabled.
  • Plus factor: Groups, where UZH PhDs and postdocs are in the majority.
  • Plus factor: Inter- and transdisciplinary projects.
  • One professorial faculty member of UZH needs to sign off the application for budgetary reasons.

Assessment criteria

  • Quality of the application, especially in terms of motivation, aims, program description
  • Self-organized aspect of the activity (the activity is initiated, formulated and organized by UZH junior researchers)
  • Active involvement of applicants and participating junior researchers in the activity
  • Relevance of the activity for the research projects resp. academic career of the applicants
  • Added value for the participating junior researchers through the activity
  • Originality and viability of the activity
  • Qualifications of the applicants
  • Budget (the funds requested are targeted, sufficiently reasoned and appropriate)

Financing and reporting

  • Accounting of bills goes through the cost unit (UZH or third-party) of the supporting professor.
  • Submission of a statement of accounts including a list of participants to the Graduate Campus after completion of the activity (a template will be made available).

How can I apply?

Following documents must be submitted:

  1. Application form  (DOCX, 107 KB)
  2. A detailed project outline including:
    1. Activity description (max. 2 pages)
    2. Program draft (as concrete and detailed as possible)
  3. Detailed budget  (XLSX, 61 KB)
  4. Information for each individual applicant, including:
    1. Applicant data form  (DOCX, 94 KB)
    2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 1 page including selected publications - if existing)
    3. Abstract of the current reseach project (max. 1/2 page)


The complete application documents must be sent as one PDF file by email to
Dr. Snjezana Kovjanic. In addition, the signed application form must be delivered in original to the GRC Coordination office. 
 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award process

The Board of Directors of the Graduate Campus decides at the request of the GRC Steering Committee which proposals are approved. The decision will be communicated circa 8 weeks after the submission deadline.