Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship

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The University of Zurich awards the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship to a postdoctoral researcher who had a career break or a delay in research activities due to coordinating family and career.

More than 150 years ago Nadezhda Suslova (1843-1918) was the first woman in Switzerland to be awarded a doctorate. The physician, who received her doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1867, became the first university-trained doctor in Russia. In remembrance of the pioneer of women's studies, the University of Zurich annually honours a postdoc who has experienced a delay in research work due to coordinating family and career.

The award includes a salary for a period of 18 to 24 months (usually, the Forschungskredit Postdoc awards 6 to 12 months). In addition, the awardee can present his/her research results in a UZH publication (if possible and in an appropriate form; e.g., UZH News).

Postdocs of all genders whose research activities were interrupted or delayed because they had to coordinate career and family are eligible to apply for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship.

A time-out for childcare, a longer and more serious illness, the care of elderly or sick relatives or death in the closest family (partner, children) are recognized as reasons. 

A 6- to 24-month phase during (post-)doctoral studies in which the research activity had been completely or largely suspended is recognized as an interruption (a level of employment of max. 60% – in phases or during the entire period – is accepted).

Submission of applications and approval take place within the procedure of the Postdoc funding line of the Forschungskredit . In addition to the guidelines (PDF, 243 KB) of the Forschungskredit Postdoc, supplementary regulations (PDF, 99 KB)  apply to the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship. Applicants who apply for the Suslowa-Postdoc-Fellowship apply automatically and simultaneously for the Forschungskredit Postdoc.


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