Funding for junior researchers
Table of contents
- What are GRC Peer Mentoring Grants?
- What kind of activities can be funded?
- Which budget items can be funded specifically?
- What cannot be funded?
- What is involved in responsible event planning?
- Application requirements
- Assessment criteria
- Before submission: last things to consider
- Financing and reporting
- How can I apply?
- Award process
What are GRC Peer Mentoring Grants?
The Graduate Campus Peer Mentoring Grants provide junior researchers with the means for funding activities of peer mentoring groups.
Peer mentoring is a specific form of career development for non-professorial academics that takes place within a group of aspiring and advances researcher (i.e. peers). The aim of peer mentoring groups is to foster the scientific careers of the group members. The members of the self-initiated groups discuss the prerequisites for an academic career and, together, take appropriate steps to obtaining the necessary qualifications and required skills (e.g. methodical and / or transferable skills). The focal point thereby is the mutual support and the establishment of a network among colleagues. Peers share their knowledge and experiences with each other within the group. The groups should therefore include members of different career stages, i.e. doctoral students as well as postdoctoral researchers.
For the most part, peer mentoring groups have a medium to long-term horizon. Thus, a renewal of the group over time is therefore a necessary requirement in order to sustain a high standard of quality. Ideally, former mentees become mentors over time and pass on their knowledge and experience to new group members. A group generally has 12 to 20 members.
Each group is supported by an Advisory Board (see below). The Advisory Board supports the group by drawing on their own experiences of pursuing an academic career track. The Board can thus, for example, be consulted regarding the planning of group activities or provide input to career-related questions. The peer mentoring groups are responsible for inviting the professors to be members of the Advisory Board.
What kind of activities can be funded?
Appropriate measures and a suitable program are formulated for the implementation of the groups' clearly defined goals, taking the composition of the group into account. The program can, for example, include the following activities:
The groups are encouraged – taking the requirements of internal cohesion and a limiting of the maximum number of participants into consideration – to share the added value of the group with as many PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers as possible, for example through a public event (workshop, panel discussion, etc.).
Which budget items can be funded specifically?
The funding request should take into account the scope and the specific format of the activity. The maximum amount of funding for peer mentoring groups is CHF 10'000. In addition, there is a maximum of CHF 375 per group member.
What cannot be funded?
* Exceptional cases are conference papers or other similar publications arising from activities funded by GRC. An application for financial support for such cases must be submitted separately after a successful accomplishment of the initial activity.
What is involved in responsible event planning?
The sustainability of academic activities is a focus of UZH and GRC.
- Ecological balance of events (see leaflet on sustainable event planning (PDF, 68 KB)):
- Sustainable catering solutions are mandatory.
- We ask you to refrain from unnecessary printed materials or giveaways.
- Flights will only be funded in well-justified cases, for all trips taking less than 10 hours, taking a train is mandatory as a means of travel. If there is no alternative to transatlantic travel for an activity, it must be well justified in the application. The key factor in making a positive funding decision is whether the activity, in itself or in conjunction with other activities, offsets the increased resource use by maximizing academic benefits. Carbon offsetting cannot be used to internally enhance an activity's sustainability record.
- Social Sustainability: UZH is 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 and other persons affected. 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.
Only applications that are complete and received in a regular manner can be accepted for formal review.
For first-time applications:
For follow-up applications:
Before submission: last things to consider
- Is your application complete?
- Have you reserved rooms for your event?
- Have you indicated all possible sources of funding? Is a global budget in place?
- Before applying for funding, we recommend that you have a consultation with the GRC office. Please note that consultations are most effective once your project planning is at an advanced stage, and you have already explored the GRC's funding opportunities and application submission tool. Contact: Marco Toscano Email
Financing and reporting
How can I apply?
Applications have to be submitted via the online application system: GRC Tool
For information regarding the application process and the application tool please see:
The Awards Committee of the Graduate Campus decides which proposals are approved. The decision will be communicated circa 8 weeks after the submission deadline.