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Information and Support for UZH Members

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For Students

UZH supports affected students who are in difficulties due to the war.

Financial and Organizational Support by UZH

Students who need financial or organizational support can use the following contact form:
Contact Form Ukraine Aid of the University of Zurich

For Researchers, Instructors and PhDs at UZH

UZH supports its researchers and teaching staff who are experiencing hardship as a result of the war wherever possible. UZH is working hand in hand with swissuniversities and the Swiss National Science Foundation to adopt suitable measures. UZH will do everything in its power to prevent its members from having to return to areas affected by the war in the current circumstances.

Support from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The Swiss National Science Foundation is adopting immediate measures for Ukrainian researchers in Switzerland who already hold an SNSF grant or are working in one of its projects. For obvious reasons, researchers affected by the war are currently unable to advance their projects or return to their country. The SNSF is ready to extend deadlines and funding periods temporarily to offer flexibility with regard to the terms of employment and to provide additional funding if required.
SNSF: Support measures for scientists from Ukraine, 7 March 2022

Temporary Funding for PhD Students affected by the War

UZH professors who agree to supervise a PhD student affected by the war in the Ukraine can apply for a fellowship to support the PhD student for up to 12 months. The fellowship amounts to CHF 2’500 per month and is a subsidiary solution in the sense of a start-up or bridging financing. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis (budget is limited). 

Application Criteria:

  1. The PhD student has started their PhD thesis at a Ukrainian University or has plans to begin a thesis after completing a Master’s degree at a Ukrainian University.
  2. The PhD student is a refugee who has the protection status “S”.
  3. The professor who accepts the PhD student confirms their commitment to supervise the PhD student and to support them in finding follow-up solutions (e.g. discuss how they can apply for further funding).


The application must be submitted by the professor hosting and supervising the PhD student and must include:

  • Completed application form (see below)
  • Copy of the PhD student’s protection status “S” permit
  • Copy of Master’s degree diploma
  • Proof of matriculation / confirmation of acceptance at UZH

Applications can be submitted at any time and must be sent electronically (as PDF documents) to Incomplete applications and applications handed in directly by PhD students will not be considered.

PhD Fellowship Application Form (DOCX, 53 KB)

Please note: The PhD will not be employed at UZH. The fellowship will be paid to the PhD student directly to a Swiss bank account (in max. 2 installments).

Financial and Organizational Support by UZH

For further information on financial, organizational, advisory and mentoring support, please use the contact form:
Contact Form Ukraine Aid of the University of Zurich

For Line Managers

Employment for Refugees with Protection Status "S" from Ukraine

Refugees from Ukraine receive a right of residence in Switzerland thanks to the protection status "S" activated by the Federal Council on 11 March 2022 and can take up employment in Switzerland without a waiting period. On the following website you will find information from Human Resources on the employment of affected persons at UZH:
PA: Employment of Refugees with Protection Status "S" from Ukraine (in German)

Translation Services

With a pool of volunteers, the Department of Slavonic Studies provides translation services for affected students, teaching staff and researchers. More information is available at the bottom of the following website:
Slavisches Seminar: Solidarität mit der Ukraine (in German)

Weiterführende Informationen

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Ukraine Aid from the Canton of Zurich

More about Ukraine Aid from the Canton of Zurich

The Canton of Zurich has a website with information for volunteers from Switzerland and for people who have fled Ukraine.

Psychological Counseling Services

More about Psychological Counseling Services

If you need to talk to someone about the upsetting events unfolding in Ukraine, please get in touch with our psychological counseling services.