PROWD (PROfessional Women with Doctorates)



The postdoctoral stage is a key moment in the career of women researchers, after which many of them leave academia or encounter difficulties finding positions outside the university that match their high qualification.


Supporting women’s careers and developing policies in favour of young researchers are major objectives in the Action plan for gender equality 2017-2020 and the Intention plan 2017-2021 (PDF, in French) of the University of Lausanne.


The PROWD programme responds to these objectives by providing female PhD holders at UNIL a career support offer that complements both other existing UNIL-specific career support programmes for young researchers of both sexes (Graduate Campus) and women’s careers support programmes conducted in cooperation with the other universities of western Switzerland (Réseau Romand de Mentoring, REGARD workshops). PROWD addresses female postdocs’ diverse needs and professional prospects through two specific tracks, while offering them opportunities for sharing experiences and concerns at joint events.


You plan to apply for a professorship?

Register for Academic Career


You want to pursue a career outside academia?

Register for Non-academic Career


The next call for applications to the PROWD programme will take place in 2022.

Practical information

Programme duration and structure

PROWD is a complete programme running over several months. Participants commit to follow the entire programme. It started on October 29th 2020 and ended in May 2021 (closing event).


It consists of events specific to each track (Academic Career and Non-academic Career) as well as common events bringing together all the participants in the programme.


People registered for each track commit to participating in the main events (Programme kick-off event, one-day workshops, mentoring or coaching). Participation in the other, shorter events (lunch-workshops, informal meetings, etc.) is optional.

Programme language

Most workshops and other events will be given in French, others will be given in English. The language for each event is indicated in the description, and generally matches the language of the event’s title. Participants can in any case choose to speak in French or in English during workshops. For some workshops, the language will depend on participants' preferences, which they are asked to indicate in the programme registration form. 

Conditions of participation
  • Hold a PhD (by the beginning of the programme)
  • Have a UNIL affiliation
    • hold a non permanent academic position at UNIL (first assistant/junior lecturer, maître-assistante/lecturer, postdoc, SNF senior researcher, scientific collaborator, part time lecturer); people with other kinds of positions may be accepted if they can justify the programme’s relevance to their career development
    • or, have obtained their PhD from UNIL up to 3 years ago
  • Be available on the dates of the main events and take part in the whole programme (from October 2020 to May 2021)
Selection criteria
  • Motivation for the programme
  • Motivation for an academic/non-academic career
  • Relevance of the programme at this stage in the applicant’s career planning and development
Number of participants

12 people in each track

Registration procedure and deadline

Registration for the 3rd edition, 2020-2021 is now open!

Non-academic registration form

Academic registration form

The candidate sends her form and CV to by July 30th.

Questions and additional information

For any question, please contact the programme coordinator at or 021 692 20 84.

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Roxane Roduit
Equal Opportunities office

Phone: + 41 (21) 692 20 84

Absent on Fridays

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