The application deadline has been extended to Monday, 7 March 2022!

Please send your application to info@zihp.uzh.ch


Are you (re)starting your academic career after...

... working in the private sector?

... a break due to family duties or forced migration?

... a second Master‘s degree or vocational training?

In short, have you taken an unconventional career path?


ZIHPunconventional supports biomedical researchers with unconventional careers by helping them acquire competitive grants and present their projects in front of potential donors. Participants will be accompanied by a professional communication trainer for a 4-month period, preparing them for presentations of their research proposals to a scientific committee and to private donors in September 2022.


One presenter will be awarded with the 1st ZIHP-Prize, which includes a cash contribution of 500.- CHF. Three presenters will be given mentors to help them advance in their career path. All participants will receive a course certificate.

Participants must be available for the on-site communication trainings at the following dates:

Friday, 1 April 2022, 8.30-12.30
Friday, 13 May 2022 8.30-12.30
Friday, 17 June 2022 8.30-12.30

Final event with presentations to committee and donors: Thursday, 8 September 2022, 13.00-17.00

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must possess a PhD in a biomedical field and be employed at the University of Zurich or one of its affiliated teaching hospitals.
  • Applicants must be able to show for unconventional career paths.
  • Participants will be selected among the applicants based on scientific excellence


Please send your application to info@zihp.uzh.ch by 1 March 2022.

Your application should include:

  • CV (1-2 pages)
  • Motivational letter (1 page)
  • Abstract of your project (max. 1 page)
  • Short text on what makes your career unconventional (max. 1 page)

Examples of unconventional career paths

  • Reentry into academia after a career in the private sector
  • Start of an academic career after a second Master's degree
  • Start of an academic career after a break (e.g. due to maternity leave, illness, disability, or forced migration into Switzerland)
  • Entry into academia via non-standard  educational paths (e.g. zweiter Bildungsweg, vocational training)
  • Repositioning of academic after multiple years of part-time employment.