The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) offers financial support for individual thesis co-supervision projects provided they are covered by a co-supervision agreement between a Swiss university and a partner university anywhere in Europe, including Israel. A maximum grant of CHF 10,000 will be paid to the Swiss university and must be used primarily to facilitate mobility of the doctoral student and the thesis supervisor.
Those eligible are doctoral students with a Swiss passport or holders of a B, C or G residence permit, registered at a Swiss university, aged under 40 when submitting the application, who have studied in Switzerland for at least one year (2 semesters) prior to signing the co-supervision agreement at a Swiss university (Bachelor, Master or doctoral level). Applications from individuals based in Lausanne must be submitted to the International Relations Office for examination and collective dispatch to Berne. For more information, visit the swissuniversities website.
Sources of finance for students of foreign nationality (non-exhaustive list)
For doctoral students coming from France
Ministère français délégué à la Recherche (in principle following a call for proposals)
Campus France, the leading French actor in international mobility
Ministère de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. Contact: Madame de la Mota, Délégation aux relations européennes, internationales et à la francophonie. Département des affaires européennes, internationales et francophones pour la recherche et la technologie, 1, rue Descartes, F- 75005 Paris, (33) 1 46 34 38 88. Target audience: researchers at postdoctoral level. Subjects: all scientific disciplines.
Ministère de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. Contact: Madame Gaufreyteau. Direction générale de la recherche et de la technologie, Sous-direction de l'Organisation et du financement des études doctorales, 1, rue Descartes, F- 75005 Paris, (33) 1 46 34 47 58. Target audience: those preparing a thesis. Subjects: no restrictions
French Embassy in Switzerland. Franco-Swiss mobility grants.
For doctoral students coming from Italy
And don’t forget to make enquiries with the international relations office of your university!