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University of Basel


The Swiss National Scholarship Fund (SNSF) offers a funding plan aimed at doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences: Doc.CH (HSS).

This scheme is aimed at promising researchers matriculated at a Swiss university who wish to write a dissertation on a topic of their own choice in the humanities and social sciences. The grant comprises the grantee's salary as well as coverage of further costs directly linked to the project. Besides the salary of the doctoral student, the grant may include a contribution towards costs directly related to project implementation.

  • Requirements
    Degree (master's or equivalent degree) from a Swiss higher education institution with very good marks. Researchers with an equivalent foreign degree (master's or equivalent) are also entitled to submit an application if they are Swiss nationals or if, at the time of the submission deadline, they are matriculated at the relevant higher education institution in Switzerland. 
  • Submission up to 3 years after obtaining the degree (at the time of the submission deadline).
  • 2 supervisors: main supervisor (place of matriculation for doctorate) and co-supervisor (at another higher education institution)
  • Start of the approved funding
    from September 1 or March 1, i.e. six months after the submission deadline
  • Duration
    from 2 to max. 4 years
  • Submission deadlines
    15 March and 15 September

Further information can be found on the SNSF website.

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