SFCNS/ YouCliN Equal Opportunities in Clinical Neurosciences


The section of “equal opportunities” in SFCNS-YouCliN has been developed with the aim to facilitate access to information. A lot of support and funding possibilities for young women already exist, but partially spread and not enough advertised. Therefore, we created a list of grants and mentoring programs dedicated to women. Nowadays, the theme of equal opportunities is extremely topical. Recent papers on this topic are listened at the end of this page to sensitize young neuroscientists.


Grants for women:
UNIL, Lausanne


  • Commission Pro-Femmes: Founding given by the commission for women academic promotion. They are intended to foster CHUV, UNIL and Unisanté employee women academic courses. Website
  • Temporary employment of a person to support the candidate during family leave. The purpose of this measure is to facilitate the continuity of the current research work and avoid career delays which maybe caused by the reorganisation of professional and family life following the arrival of a child). Website
  • Subside Tremplin: Funds up to 25’000 CHF (for a maximum of 12 months), to help women potentially candidate to a professor position by giving them free time in order to enrich their research portfolio, write articles, finalize or publish their thesis, or go abroad. They can be released from teaching or administrative duties to focus essentially on their research. During this period, their contract is not interrupted and they continue to receive usual salary. Website


UNIGE, Geneva


  • Subside Tremplin: Makes it possible for female researchers at the University of Geneva to free up time in order to enrich their research portfolio, write articles, finalize or publish their thesis, or go abroad. Website




  • 120%-Care-Grant: Funding instrument to support postdocs with care responsibilities. The Care Grant makes it possible for postdoctoral researchers with care responsibilities, who have a level of employment of between 80% and 100%, to reduce their level of employment for up to 12 months to at least 60%. In order to ensure that any duties which cannot be performed due to the reduction in the level of employment are still performed, a support person will be employed. The hours of the support person overlap with a maximum of 20% of those of the postdoctoral researcher (as a rule, a total level of employment of 120% applies). The institute makes the points freed up through the reduction available for employing the support person, and the University Executive Board finances the overlapping hours (max. 20%).


UZH, Zürich


  • The GLK provides financial contribution and temporary employ to facilitate women’s carriers. Website


Funding Options of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)


  • AMBIZIONE, AMBIZIONE-PROSPER AND AMBIZIONE-SCORE: grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The funding scheme promotes qualified researchers from Switzerland as well as excellent researchers from abroad. The grants comprise the salary and project funds for a maximum of three years. Website
  • PRIMA (PROMOTING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA): PRIMA is intended for the selective and targeted promotion of excellent female researchers. It will replace the existing MHV grants for promoting female scientists who had to interrupt or scale back their careers due to family care duties. Offering flexibility and generous funding, PRIMA aims to provide the best possible support for outstanding female researchers after the doctorate and prepare them for an independent academic post. PRIMA affords talented female scientists optimum conditions that help to reduce the institutional barriers still in place. It is hoped that PRIMA will help to increase the low share of female professors in Switzerland compared to other European countries. Start your academic career! SNSF professorships address young researchers who intend to pursue an academic career and wish to establish their own team to implement a research project. An SNSF professorship includes the researcher's salary (assistant professorship level), a research grant, salaries of employees, as well as a contribution to infrastructure costs. The funding period is 4 years and may be extended by no more than 2 years. Website


SNF Gender equality grant


Individual and flexible support for young women scientists. The gender equality grant is aimed at young women researchers funded by the SNSF. It offers them additional individualised and flexible support for their career development. An eligible person receives CHF 1000 per 12 months approved project running time. The grant may be used to finance career support measures but does not cover family support measures. Website


SNF Flexibility Grant


Pursue your career while raising a family. Flexibility grants are aimed at postdocs and doctoral students who have to look after children at an important stage in their career and are therefore in need of more flexibility. The Flexibility Grant offers researchers two options to balance their professional and private lives: on the one hand, it can provide funding to help cover the external child care costs charged to the researcher. On the other hand, it can be used to help finance the salary of a support person, allowing the grantee to reduce his/her work quota. The two measures can also be combined. Website




Oréal-UNESCO Fellowships and Awards for Women in Science. Website




  • Réseau Romand de Mentoring pour femmes. The reseau romand is a mentoring program for the next generation of women. It helps female researchers in resolving all issues related to academic life organization as well as their scientific project’s completion. Website
  • Ateliers REGARD. In 2004, the Equal Opportunities Offices of the Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, and the USI developed the REGARD workshop program. A couple of years later, the USI left, but then the HES-SO and finally the EPFL jointed the project. Together, the six institutions offer each year more than 20 transversal skills workshops to female PhD candidates, professors, and members of the mid-level faculty. The REGARD workshops propose concrete tools for career management and supervision. Participants develop necessary transversal skills together with other researchers from different universities. These workshops create opportunities for discussion and the exchange of experience between women researchers. Website
  • Mentoring 4 Women in Bern. The mentoring program provides support to a successful academic and clinical career and how to best approach the work-life balance. It is offered to women. Website


Women associations in YouCliN specialties:


Neurology : Women in Neurology – WIN
Women in Neurology, Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of women physicians and trainees in neurology. Website


Contacts of local « equal opportunities offices » in different institutions:


Every higher education institutions in Switzerland has an equality office:









St Gallen


Università della Svizzera italiana




Bibliography (Relevant publications regarding the place of women in academic position, in YouCliN specialties)


Unil monitoring equality:



Swiss medical journals