Funding for quality assurance and development at the doctoral level


Goals of this funding measure

With this funding the Graduate Campus supports decentralized measures for quality assurance and development at the doctoral level. Thereby, the Graduate Campus contributes to the continual improvement of conditions for junior researchers at UZH.

The call for applications is aimed at directors and coordinators of doctoral programs at UZH as well as those responsible for the Individual Doctorate (e.g. deans). Through a variety of approaches, the funds should support relevant decision makers in critically questioning, and if necessary optimizing, offers, structures and processes at the doctoral level in the interest of junior researchers. In terms of good practice, applicants report on their experiences after completion of the implementation phase in the context of the Network Doctoral Programs. The format of fundable measures is left wide open and should be aimed directly at the requirements of applicants.

Application requirements

  • Applications may be submitted by those responsible for the (Individual) Doctorate at the respective faculties. 
  • Clearly defined goals as well as a suitable action plan are required and, accordingly, must be clearly stated in the application.
  • Applications can be submitted from one program as well as from multiple programs together.

What can be funded?

All measures can be funded which contribute to an improvement or assurance of the quality of offers and general conditions for doctoral candidates:

  • Implementation of instruments for the review and adjustment (reorientation) of organizational structures or administrative processes
  • Activities for the improvement of curricular contents (e.g. site visits)
  • Measures aimed specifically at improving supervision (e.g. exchange between supervisors among peers)

Measures can thereby address different levels:

  • Recruitment and selection of PhD candidates
  • Doctorate phase (e.g. supervision of doctoratl candidates, mentoring)
  • Graduation (e.g. monitoring or tracking of graduates)


However, activities that belong to the curricula of doctoral studies (e.g. student retreats, lecturer series, etc.) cannot be funded.

What can granted funds be used for?

  • Associated expenses (travel costs, accommodation, meals) at external retreats / meetings with peers outside UZH
  • Expenses of external experts (travel costs, accommodation, meals)
  • Fees for external experts
  • Participation (of those responsible for the doctorate) at conferences on topics relevant to quality assurance (participation fees, expenses for travel costs, accommodation, meals)
  • Measures for the establishment or enhancement of (career) tracking systems

The requested funds must be suitable for the scope and type of proposed measures. A maximum of CHF 7'500 can be applied for per application.

Finance and reporting

  • Accounting of bills takes place through a UZH cost unit.
  • Submission of a written and financial statement of accounts (a template will be made available) upon completion of the activity to the Graduate Campus.
  • For activities with a duration of more than 6 months, the Graduate Campus retains the right to request an interim financial and status report.
  • Report by those responsible on the experiences and target achievements of completed measures in the context of the Network Doctoral Programs.


Applications have to be submitted electronically:

Application periods:

  • 1 February - 15 March, 23:59
  • 1 September - 15 October, 23:59

The following documents must be submitted:

  • Detailed description of goals including concrete measures and time plan (max. 2 pages)
  • Detailed budget
  • Letter of support from the dean

Instructions for the application

  • UZH-Shortname und "Webpass" password are needed in order to log into the application tool.
  • The form can be edited only from one account. It is not possible for different people to enter information.
  • It is possible to save and make changes at any time.
  • Important information on the requested data is highlighted in grey in the respective fields. The notes disappear as soon as the field is edited, but are still retrievable using the information buttons ("i" button).
  • Only PDFs can be uploaded. No other format is accepted.
  • The application can be submitted only when all requested information and documents have been provided/uploaded.

Award process

The Board of Directors of the Graduate Campus decides at the request of the GRC Steering Committee which proposals are approved.

The approval decision will be communicated circa 6-8 weeks after the deadline.

Contact & further information

Dr. Snjezana Kovjanic, Deputy General Manager

Graduate Campus, University of Zurich
Rämistr. 59, 8001 Zurich