Early career stage: Do female and male researchers have equal access to funding?

Researchers can apply for an Ambizione grant during the first four years after the doctorate. From 2012 to 2022, the SNSF awarded 36 per cent of Ambizione grants to women. Why this difference between women and men?

Women are still underrepresented in the Swiss research landscape. While the percentage of women is relatively high among PhD candidates, it decreases with each step up the career ladder.

It is therefore particularly important to monitor the success of women at early- and mid-career stages to detect potential gender biases. In this analysis we focus on the funding scheme Ambizione. It is targeted towards early-career researchers who wish to conduct an independent research project at a Swiss higher education institution.