Are you looking for funding for your own research project? With the GRC Career Grant we support postdocs and advanced doctoral researchers in situations where unforeseen costs or structural obstacles complicate a promising academic career. Projects can be applied for individually or as a group. The application volume is between CHF 5,000 and CHF 15,000. One repetition for the same project is possible in principle, but first-time applications are given priority.
The call for applications for the GRC Career Grants is made twice a year. Application periods are:
The GRC Awards Committee, which is composed of the coordination office and elected representatives of VAUZ, will decide on the approval of the applications. All faculties are represented. The committee meets twice a year.
The decision will be communicated ca. 8 weeks after the application deadline.
The format of eligible activities is deliberately kept open to accommodate the widest possible range of academic projects. The core objective of the GRC Career Grant is to ensure an added value of the activity for the individual academic career of the grantee and socially sustainable project planning. Please refer to the factsheet with our Sustainability Guidelines for guidance on how to effectively design your application.
A necessary condition for funding through a GRC Career Grant is that the project cannot be funded through other means. In the award process, it is therefore checked whether other funding options are available.
All advanced doctoral researchers and postdocs of UZH. Postdocs are all early career researchers employed at or affiliated with UZH who have completed a doctorate and are also engaged in research after the doctorate and at the time of application. Advanced doctoral researchers are all doctoral researchers employed or enrolled at UZH who can credibly demonstrate that they are on a plausible academic career path to the postdoctoral phase as defined above.
You can apply for funding from CHF 5,000 up to a maximum of CHF 15,000. Please follow our instructions in the budget planning guidelines (PDF, 109 KB) for the effective design of your application. For funding activities with a smaller funding volume, please see GRC Short Grants.
GRC Career Grants may be applied for as matching funds. As a rule, applicants are required to be transparent about all sources of funding for the proposed activity. A global budget that clearly contextualizes the funds requested from GRC must be included.
A prerequisite for the submission of your application is a completed counseling interview with the Graduate Campus. You can book the appointment for your individual counseling interview online via the GRC Tool. With the appointment booking you have to submit:
The effective application for a GRC Career Grant must also be submitted digitally. You can enter and submit your application in the GRC Tool. The information provided can be saved at any time and completed later. You must include the following documents with your application:
Before you submit your application, please consider the following points:
Only applications that are complete and received in a regular manner can be accepted for formal review.