Inform yourself early enough about opportunities for funding your own position Obtaining funding is a key measure of a researcher’s performance. Although Swiss universities receive basic financing from the government and cantons, most research relies on third-party funds. Some third-party funding is project- and programme-specific and granted by public authorities, such as that awarded by major public funding agencies including the SNSF and the EU in a competitive process. The remainder is classed as private funding, obtained from foundations or through commissioned research or services rendered to the private sector. Successfully securing funding, especially public third-party funding, is a clear indicator to junior researchers that their project idea could win out over other candidates in front of an expert panel. Securing funding early on proves your academic independence from the respective chair and paves the way to larger project applications that involve managing employees. Junior researchers just about to complete their dissertation, or who have recently done so, will find the career funding opportunities offered by the SNSF, the EU and the HSG relevant (see links to the right “Career” and “Funding Finder” under “Downloads”). Before submitting an application, you should carefully consider the objective for which you require third-party funding. In one case it might be appropriate to plan for a longer-term relocation; in another case, to stay at your home institute or combine this with stays at different institutions. You should realise that some funding is only awarded in rare cases and that the process may take several months. Prepare for this early on. Whether you are experienced in making applications or not, we would always recommend seeking advice from the relevant bodies. This applies equally to strategic matters of funding and to actual applications.