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University of Basel

Doctorate

Various options are available for PhD funding, in particular personal scholarships and project grants. However, you can not solve the funding question by yourself: Contact the professor who will supervise you during your doctorate. The funding question must be discussed and solved before starting your dissertation.


Doctorates at the University of Basel

Doc.CH in the humanities and social sciences

Doc.CH is aimed at promising researchers who wish to write a dissertation on a chosen topic in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland.

Project support from the Swiss National Science Foundation

Financing option for doctorates through successful submission of an SNSF research project by the supervising professor. Project submission as the main applicant is possible only from postdoc level or higher, or under the direction of a professor.

Research fund of the University of Basel (support for outstanding young researchers)

The research fund gives grants to outstanding young researchers at the University of Basel who wish to pursue an academic career and who have already distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements. The fund also provides aid to outstanding PhD students in the humanities and social sciences for the final financing of their dissertations.

Nikolaus und Bertha Burckhardt-Bürgin-Stifung

The fund provides aid to outstanding PhD students in the natural sciences for the final financing of their dissertations.

Private foundations

Various foundations and funds are available for scientific or academic projects related to the University of Basel.

Further Information

You wish to know more about doing your doctorate at the University of Basel.


Find a PhD position

Find a PhD position

Information about PhD positions


Scholarships for foreign researchers

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

The Swiss Confederation offers various types of scholarships to international students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). These scholarships enable researchers from all disciplines to continue their doctoral or postdoctoral research at a public or state-recognized Swiss university. Scholarships and conditions depend on the country of origin.


Mobility and Research stays abroad

Doc.Mobility

Doc.Mobility scholarships from the Swiss National Science Foundation are aimed at PhD students seeking to improve their academic profile at a research institute abroad.

Government scholarships

On behalf of the Swiss government, the Scholarship Service of swissuniversities manages the foreign government scholarships of more than 30 countries. These scholarhips are available for Swiss students and/or researchers interested in studying or doing research abroad. In some cases artists may also apply.



Conference participation

Travel fund for young academics at the University of Basel

Travel to conferences and meetings with one’s own scholarly contribution Guidelines

SAGW travel grants

To promote communication and the exchange of research findings in an international context, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) offers grants to cover the travel expenses of young researchers.

Private foundations

Various foundations and funds are available for scientific or academic projects related to the University of Basel.



Grants for scientific retreats

Grants for scientific retreats

The Rectorate of the University of Basel offers an annual grant to carry out events for young academics. The purpose is to support disciplinary and interdisciplinary, intra-university, national and international events for career starters, such as meetings for PhD students with external experts.

Albrecht Travel Fund for guest speakers as part of graduate events

The Albrecht Travel Fund provides support to certain further education events as part of doctoral promotion at the University of Basel. Applications for guest speakers may be submitted provided they contribute to the further qualification of PhD students as part of research or graduate events at the University of Basel.

SAMW Scientific events

This funding instrument is a support for scientific events which relate to SAMW's activities. The events should promote knowledge transfer between junior researchers or the expert and patient exchange in order to improve «Health and Scientific Literacy».



Dissertation printing

University of Basel Dissertation Fund

The Vice Rectorate Research offers PhD students at the University of Basel a contribution towards the cost of printing their dissertations. A contribution towards printing costs can also be requested from the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law.



PhD studies abroad

EMBL International PhD Programme

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is an intergovernmental organization specializing in basic research in the life sciences. The EMBL offers an international doctoral program.



Euraxess

Euraxess

The EURAXESS initiative offers a wide range of information and support services for European and non-European researchers who are pursuing a research career in Europe. The EURAXESS Jobs platform facilitates the mobility of researchers between European countries and assists research institutions in their search for research talent.

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