Paul Scherrer Institute PSI

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland.

Since 2009 the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) has taken the responsibility to promote talented young female scientists and engineers after a career break, by providing fellowships when returning to science. The “PSI career return program” specifically aims at young female researchers and engineers having a career break due to family commitments or mobility of their partner. This program provides an opportunity to come back to carry out cutting-edge-research at PSI and to build up a network for their future personal and career development. It has already won numerous female researchers since its start and almost every participant found an affiliation within academia or industry after completing the fellowship. Over the years interest for this program has also been rising among male candidates, who have taken an active role in raising children, and supporting their partner in the career path. PSI has taken this into account and also opened the program to men, who meet the same eligibility criteria with regard to family commitments.