Research support 2020
Due to the restrictions imposed by the corona virus, many planned research trips cannot take place at the moment. The Graduate School is therefore changing its funding line «Funds for short research travels and lodging» into the funding line "Research support" for this year for the time being, in order to be able to support the needs of doctoral students more flexibly.
Doctoral students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (PhF) can apply for grants for the following positions:
- Costs for the collection, evaluation and management of empirical data (e.g. software)
- Costs for language courses at the Language Centre UZH/ETH or comparable institutions in Switzerland
- Costs for specialist literature, costs for book deliveries from the ZB
- travel and accommodation costs for short research trips
Applications are possible for the whole year 2020. Applications for retroactive support for costs incurred before 31 March 2020 must be submitted by 31 May 2020.
Doctoral students enrolled at PhF are eligible to apply (including leave of absence during the publication phase). One application per person and year can be made for a maximum grant of 600 Swiss francs. It is not possible to combine several items in one application. There is no entitlement to full reimbursement of the requested costs. Amounts under 50 francs will not be paid out. The budget reservation applies.
Submission of applications
Please do not submit your application until you have completed your trip, service or purchase any of the above items. The application must be received in writing by the Dean's Office no later than two months after completion of the trip or service. Applications for retroactive support for costs incurred before 31 March 2020 must be submitted by 31 May 2020. An extension of the deadline is excluded.
Applications can be submitted until 18 December 2020.
Please send your application by post or internal mail (preferably in reusable envelopes) to the following address
As a doctoral student, please also check the possibility of obtaining financial support for your research from the chair, the institute/seminar or the Graduate Campus.
The complete application consists of the following documents:
- Explanation of why the position applied for is important for the dissertation project, signed by the main supervisor (max. ½ page)
- Application form for a research grant (DOCX, 51 KB)
- Expense claim form for research support (XLSX, 104 KB) (only to be filled in for UZH employment)
- original expenditure receipts (expenditure receipts must be scanner-ready, without staples, on a separate A4 sheet of paper with a transparent adhesive strip extending over the entire upper edge of the receipt)
- For services: The receipts must show that the provider of the subsidised service is able to pay the statutory taxes and duties (e.g. an UID for Switzerland and the EU or a TIN for the USA).
Incomplete or late submitted documents will be returned unprocessed. Please enter the exact amount you wish to claim on the expense form. This must not exceed the budget of 600 francs. The Dean's Office does not conduct any correspondence regarding payment. As a rule, payment is made to your account within two months of receipt of the application.
Grants for copy editing and translation costs
In 2020 funding is available for copy editing and for translations. These funding can be provided for editing and translation expenses which are of central importance for your dissertation project (depending on budget reserve).
A maximum of 2'000 CHF can be attributed per person.
Funding for the following expenses may be granted:
- copy editing: for texts in non-native language exclusively
Eligible to apply are PhD students enrolled at PhF (incl. leave of absence during publication phase). There is no claim for full coverage of costs. Maximal funding will be matched pro rata if employment or PhD studies started during the course of the year. Costs of less than 50 CHF will not be funded.
Please apply only after the service has been completed. The application should be handed in at the dean's office in written form no later than two months after receipt of invoice for the service. Extension of deadline is excluded. Last date for application: 18 December 2020.
Please send your complete application by mail (or internal UZH mail envelopes) to the following address:
and add the following documents:
- Formular Antrag Editing/Übersetzungszuschuss (DOCX, 52 KB)
- Formular Spesenabrechnung Editing/Übersetzungszuschuss (XLSX, 104 KB) (only applicable if employed by UZH)
- a letter of justification, signed by your main supervisor, stating the necessity and the importance of the editing or translation for your dissertation (half a page A4)
- original invoice or original expense receipts (suitable to scan, without paper clips, with receipts being taped in complete width on A4 sheet)
- Invoice or receipt must show that the provider of the subsidised service is in a position to pay the taxes and charges imposed by law (e.g. indication of a UID for Switzerland and the EU or a TIN for the USA).
Incomplete or delayed applications will be returned without processing.
Please fill in the "Spesenformular" with the exact amount of funding that you are applying for. The sum may not exceed 2'000 CHF.
The dean's office will not enter into any correspondence regarding the payment. Reimbursements will usually be transferred to your account within two months.
Funding for self-organised working groups (new call)
The Graduate School will again provide funding for doctoral students who, in the course of 2020, will devote themselves to a common research topic in self-organised working groups.This funding supports the initiative of doctoral students and the development and implementation of target group-oriented formats.
A total of three thematic working groups of at least three doctoral students can each receive up to CHF 5,000 in order to organise their academic and professional development in a self-organised manner. The budget reservation applies.
The activities of the working groups are not curricularly creditable and no ECTS credits are awarded for them. As a rule, the activities take place at the UZH. Exceptions are possible in justified cases. The working groups and their projects are presented on the Graduate School website: Showcase PhD.
Groups of three or more PhF doctoral students are eligible to apply. Prior approval by supervisors or specialist committees is not necessary; consultation with the doctoral coordinators is desirable.
In the application, the project of the group is explained on max. one page. The nature of the activity and its benefits for the doctoral students must be stated.
In addition, a budget plan (expenditure planning, further income, e.g. funding by the Graduate Campus or units of the PhF) must be drawn up.
Application and budget must be submitted in an integral PDF document to the Graduate School (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 July 2020.
The Executive Committee of the Graduate School will decide on the applications until the End of July 2020.
Once the funding has been granted by the management committee, the funding amount will be made available to the doctoral student groups as a budget. Under the responsibility of the respective doctoral coordinator, a PSP element is opened at the graduate school, on which the expenses of the groups can be booked up to the total amount awarded (max. 5,000 CHF).
Financial support for childcare during congress trips
Doctoral students whose participation in a congress would be endangered due to a lack of childcare can apply to the Graduate School for a contribution to the costs incurred for on-site childcare up to a maximum of 300 CHF per year.
- The application can be made for children up to 6 years of age.
- The subsidy can be used for travel and accommodation costs as well as for local childcare costs.
- The subsidy can be applied for congresses in Switzerland and abroad.
- The costs incurred must be proven with appropriate receipts.
Please do not submit your application until after childcare has been provided during a congress trip. The application must be received in writing by the Dean's Office no later than two months after the end of the congress. An extension of the deadline is excluded. Applications can be submitted until 18 December 2020.
Please send your application by mail or in-house mail (preferably in reusable envelopes) to the following address:
University of Zurich
Faculty of Philosophy
The complete application consists of the following documents:
- Childcare Grant Application Form (DOCX, 52 KB)
- Childcare expense claim form (XLSX, 104 KB)(only to be completed if you are employed at UZH)
- Brief explanation of why childcare became necessary.
- Original receipts (the receipts must be scanner-suitable, without staples on a separate A4 sheet of paper with a transparent adhesive strip extending over the entire upper edge of the receipt).
Incomplete or late submitted documents will be returned unprocessed.
Please enter the exact amount you wish to claim on the expense form. This must not exceed the budget of 300 CHF.
The Dean's Office does not conduct any correspondence regarding the payment. As a rule, payment is made to your account within two months of receipt of the application.