Degree Programs & Courses Doctorate

Funding Program «UniBE Short Travel Grants for (Post)Docs»

The promotion of early career researchers constitutes a core task of the University of Bern. To that end, experiences afforded by international stays abroad are of particular significance for a successful academic career of early career researchers. The University of Bern, with its funding program «UniBE Short Travel Grants for (Post)Docs», supports doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in attending short research stays abroad, to advance their own research projects, to gain more international experience, and to thus improve their academic profile by way of a stay abroad.  

“UniBE Short Travel Grants” provide funding for travel and accommodation for research stays abroad (field research stays, research stays at universities or other research institutions, scientific work in libraries, scientific collections, archives, laboratories, etc.), which last at least two weeks and no more than eight weeks.

Eligibility to apply extends to

  • doctoral candidates who have been registered and involved in research at the University of Bern for at least six months, and
  • postdoctoral researchers, in the categories of Early Postdocs, Advanced Postdocs and Senior Research Assistants, who have been employed at the University of Bern for at least three months,

who, on completion of the short research stay, will remain registered as a doctoral candidate or employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern for at least one more semester (exceptions may be considered in justified cases).

Doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers financed through the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are not eligible to apply insofar as resources to support mobility are available to them within the scope of their SNSF funding. Furthermore, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers are not eligible to apply if funding for the same research stay abroad has already been assured by a different university-internal or -external entity.

There are two application deadlines per year, on March 1 and September 1 respectively.

The next application deadline

September 1, 2022

The earliest possible start date of short research stays within the scope of this call for applications is November 1, 2022. Please also take careful note of the information listed under “Application”.