Funding opportunities for PhD students

The following overview includes the most important national and international funding opportunities open to PhD students in all fields of research. A research stay abroad is essential for an academic career; do not hesitate to take advantage of the numerous funding opportunities.

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  • In Switzerland

    SNSF Doc.CH

    Doc.CH (HSS) is aimed at promising researchers who wish to write a doctoral thesis on a topic of their own choice in the humanities and social sciences.

    Dafne Pedrazzoli
    ESKAS Swiss Government scholarships awarded to foreign scholars to pursue doctoral research in Switzerland. Arianna Imberti Dosi
    MD-PhD Program The MD-PhD programme is designed to enable research-oriented physicians to complete a second course of study leading to the conferral of a doctorate in the fields of science, public health, clinical research or bioethics. Dafne Pedrazzoli
    Bridge Proof of Concept Bridge (a joint program of SNSF and Innosuisse) supports projects at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation. It is aimed at young researchers who wish to develop an application or service based on their research results. Dafne Pedrazzoli
  • Abroad

    SNSF Doc.Mobility

    Fellowships designated for doctoral students who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working 6-18 months at a research institution abroad.

    Last submission deadline: 1 September 2020

    Dafne Pedrazzoli
    SNSF Mobility grants in projects Mobility grants aimed at doctoral students employed in an ongoing SNSF research project for a 6-12 months research stay abroad. Dafne Pedrazzoli
    Cotutelle de thèse Additional funding provided by Swissuniversities for doctoral projects carried out within the framework of a formalized agreement between a Swiss and a foreign university. Dafne Pedrazzoli
    Other scholarships Students and researchers active in Switzerland can benefit from several scholarships offered by over 30 countries for study abroad. Scholarships are coordinated by Swissuniversities, the umbrella organisation of Swiss universities. Arianna Imberti Dosi