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Department of Political Science

Inequality Research Fund

Description of Fund

The Inequality Research Fund financially supports research on the politics of inequality.

Individuals at the doctoral, post-doctoral and professorial level are eligible for applying. Both individual and group applications are possible. In case of group projects, all group members can be co-PIs, but one individual should be the contact person on behalf of the group. Please note that at least one member of the group must be a member of UZH’s Department of Political Science.

The fund aims to financially support political science research initiatives that span max. 18 months. The upper limit for single project funding is CHF 12’000. The costs that can be covered by the fund can pertain to: data collection/fieldwork, costs connected to scientific collaboration, or salaries for research assistance, etc.

The funding can be used for new projects, as seed money to prepare grant applications, or to extend existing projects. It needs to result in identifiable deliverables within the timeframe specified in the application (ideally working papers and eventually publications), which have to be credited to the UFSP funding.

All individuals who successfully apply for funding agree to the following terms and duties:

  • Implementation of the research activities within the proposed timeframe
  • Acknowledgment of “support by the UZH Research Priority Program ‘Equality of Opportunity’” in all deliverables
  • Compliance with the ethical and data protection guidelines by the University of Zurich and UZH's Faculty of Social Sciences


Applications are accepted by July 1 and December 1. Please submit the following application documents in English

  • Research Plan (max 3 pages, formatting: min. 1.5 spacing, 12pts) stating the research questions, expected contribution, methods, and expected output
  • Breakdown of expected costs
  • Timeline for the implementation of the project
  • CV with a publication list of all participating applicants

Only complete applications will be considered.

We encourage all eligible individuals to apply. If you have questions, Profs. Silja Häusermann, Thomas Kurer or Stefanie Walter are happy to provide input and answer questions.

The December 2022-call was the last call for projects.

Assessment Criteria

In assessing applications, the committee - consisting of Profs. Silja Häusermann, Thomas Kurer and Stefanie Walter - will consider the following criteria:

  • Quality, promise and topical fit of the project with the URPP Equality of Opportunity
  • Scientific qualifications of applicant(s)
  • Collaborative projects are not a condition, but encouraged
  • For collaborative projects, mixed-gender or all-female teams of applicants are encouraged

The committee also takes into account relevant parts of IPZ and UZH's Diversity Policy in its assessment of applications. Over the entire duration of the Fund (prospectively 2021-2023), we intend to support at least 50% female applicants. In awarding the limited funding to projects, the committee will aim for a broad range of grantees. Therefore not yet having received funding from the Fund will be an asset for the evaluation. Also, applications asking for less than the maximum amount of funding may have higher chances of being funded.


After the submission of a complete application, the assessment committee will communicate decisions within 6 weeks from the application deadline. During this period, the committee might reach out to clarify questions regarding the application.

Negative decisions cannot be contested, but an application can be re-submitted.