UZH Mentoring Award 2021

Nomination and selection of the awardees

Nomination phase is closed, nominations have been accepted until 15 October 2021.


The submission process consists of two steps:

Step 1: Nomination by junior researchers

Candidates are nominated by the junior researchers they supervise. The following considerations can be the basis for a nomination (the list of possible, but not necessary, considerations serves as a suggestion and is not exhaustive):

  • Does the supervisor provide a supportive and stimulating environment (situational and participative leadership, fostering a culture of constructive, open and forward-looking feedback, valuing and fulfilling the duty of care)?
  • Are junior researchers inspired and guided to achieve excellence in academia (essential methods, concepts, and cultures of their discipline, but also openness to failure, learning from mistakes, and creative approaches to problems)?
  • Does the supervisor convey the importance of academic integrity as well as good research practices based on Open Science principles?
  • Does mentoring include advising, positioning, and connecting junior researchers for future careers within and/or outside of academia?
  • The supervisor is committed to supporting junior researchers in ways that are open and transformative in addressing social exclusion and discrimination. (To ensure an inclusive and supportive work environment, the supervisor considers relevant experiences*) that shape the academic and non-academic daily life of the junior researcher).  


Candidates must be conducting research at UZH at the time of nomination. All junior researchers matriculated in doctoral studies at UZH and postdocs at UZH who have completed their doctorate at UZH are eligible to nominate a supervisor. There must be a formal or structurally recognized supervisory relationship between the nominee and the person making a nomination.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Fully completed nomination form (the official template in Word format can be downloaded here (DOCM, 63 KB)) with a short nomination text in the form of an abstract (1/4 A4 page).
  • More detailed introduction of the supervisor in open format (possible formats: text, voice and/or video).

Submission deadline is over (until 15 October 2021).

Step 2:  Reflection texts of the nominated candidates

The nominated candidates will be informed about their nomination by Graduate Campus and invited to submit a short reflection text. The subject of the reflections should be the supervision work performed and the associated self-image as an academic.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Short reflection text in the form of an abstract (max. 1 A4 page).  

Submission deadline: 15 November 2021

Both the nomination documents and the reflection letter can be submitted in German or English.

All submitted documents should be sent to:

For questions and feedback, please email: Marco Toscano

Award process


Based on the nominations and the reflection texts, the jury will determine the award winners in an award meeting.

Jury: The awards are granted by a jury consisting of five junior researchers (three PhD students and two postdocs) from UZH.

Basis for assessment:

All documents to be submitted serve as the basis of assessment for the Mentoring Award. In making its decision, the jury is guided by the following vision for the mentoring of junior researchers at UZH:

Junior researchers perform their tasks in teaching, qualification and research in a phase of life that is associated with many uncertainties. UZH is therefore committed to transparent career and decision paths and enables junior researchers to plan their careers in the best possible way. PhD candidates should receive the best possible support to develop their skills according to their ambitions and to flourish in an intellectually stimulating environment. To provide an inclusive and supportive working environment, UZH takes into account relevant experiences* of social exclusion and discrimination that may shape the academic and non-academic daily life of early career researchers. UZH promotes a culture of appreciation and recognition of diversity and supports PhD candidates in various possible career paths.



*) Relevant experiences may include: racialization through socially ascribed stereotyping; the interaction of individual physical or mental impairments and disability through societal frameworks; gender as a socially ascribed gender characteristic and role based on biological sex; socioeconomic status (education, income, wealth) of the junior researcher or their social backgrounds.