Filling the Gap

Grant period 2022-2023

Call for proposals

All relevant information and instructions regarding the call and the application can be found here: Call for proposals (PDF, 156 KB)Flyer Filling the Gap 2022-2023 (PDF, 207 KB)

Application tool: https://medtool.uzh.ch/


  1. Applicants with UZH shortname: Please log in with your UZH shortname and password. This will give you immediate access to the application platform.
  2. Applicants without UZH shortname: If you do not have an UZH account, you can self-register with any e-mail-address. You will receive an e-mail with a link to define your personal password.

Submission of Application

  1. With your personal login, you can save and edit a draft of your application at any time during the application process.
  2. With selecting “request chair approval”, a PDF of your application will be created and sent to your department chair along with a personal link to the signing page. Please note: The application cannot be changed afterwards.
  3. You will receive an e-mail with the decision of your department chair. If she / he approves, your application is free to be submitted by selecting “submit”.
  4. Please make sure to submit your application before the deadline: 06.06.2021, 23:59 Swiss local time.


Filling the Gap

Scope and Structure

Filling the Gap is a 2-year career development program. It is designated to talented physician scientists and aims to provide them with the opportunity to advance their research activity, which is considered to be an essential part of every physician’s or dentist’s academic career.

The program comprises 3 main pillars: 

  • Planning: Personalized career planning together with the department chair.
  • Mentoring: Appointment of a mentor to support and supervise the applicant’s career.
  • Financial support: Paid protected research time (20% to 50% per year).

Filling the Gap is based on the Gender Equality Action Plan by the University of Zurich. A main goal is to increase the number of women professors in the Faculty of Medicine as well as the proportion of women in academic leadership positions. Therefore, the Faculty of Medicine strongly encourages eligible women candidates to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Eligible applicants should be employed as clinically active physicians or dentists at
    • one of the University’s hospitals
    • one of the affiliated academic hospitals of the University of Zurich
    • the Center of Dental Medicine
    • a clinic or institute with clinical activity at the University of Zurich
  2. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Dr. med. and / or MD-PhD)
  3. At the time of application, eligible applicants are employed as clinicians (minimum of 50% of their total workload) and should remain clinically active throughout the whole funding period (at least 20% absolute).
  4. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If applicants at the time of application already have protected research time provided by another program or the host institution, support through Filling the Gap will not exceed a maximum match of 100%.

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation of the applicant is based on her/his academic potential:

  1. Applicant’s qualifications
  2. Quality of the proposed project
  3. Suitability of the applicant for this particular career development program

Review process

The review process consists of a two-step procedure:

  1. The application will be reviewed by an external expert as well as by the evaluation committee of Filling the Gap.
  2. Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview, during which they present their project to members of the evaluation committee and answer their questions.

On behalf of the Faculty Council the committee then decides which applicants will be supported.


A few excellent research projects in the field of internal medicine are funded by the Walter und Gertrud Siegenthaler Stiftung.