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Call for UZH Mentoring Awards 2025

The mentoring of early career researchers is an essential aspect of the promotion of young talent at UZH. The Mentoring Awards provide early career researchers with the opportunity  to recognize supervisors for their particularly dedicated support and encouragement. 

Key points

► Nominations to submit by: 30 September 2024

Call for applications Invitation for early career researchers at UZH to nominate their supervisors
Selection process Jury consisting of UZH early career researchers
Prize Three Mentoring Awards are presented, CHF 5'000 for each awardee
Award ceremony

At the event «Sparkling Research», Vice President Research, on 6 February 2025


Supervisors of doctoral candidates.

Nominations can be submitted from

  • early career researchers matriculated in doctoral studies at UZH, postdocs at UZH or persons, who have completed a doctorate at UZH or
  • persons, who have a formal or structurally recognized supervisory relationship between the nominee.
  • Fully completed nomination form (DOCX, 61 KB) with a short nomination text in the form of an abstract (1/2 A4 page)
  • AND: More detailed introduction of the supervisor in open format (possible formats: text, voice and/or video).
  • Please submit both the nomination form and the more detailed introduction by no later than 30 September 2024 to

Nomination criteria

  • 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 early career 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 early career researchers for future careers within and/or outside of academia?
  • The supervisor is committed to supporting early career 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 early career researchers).

The list of possible, but not necessary, considerations serves as a suggestion and is not exhaustive.

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 early career researchers at UZH:

Early career 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 early career researchers to plan their careers in the best possible way. Doctoral 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 them 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 early career researcher or their social backgrounds.

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