Grant and funding opportunities

Under the following link you can find information about scholarships for students and researchers:

  • Government scholarships
  • Grants for the USA
  • Other funding opportunities
  • Foundations / Funding
  • Open calls (foreign government scholarships)

Scholarships for study abroad
Euraxess - funding opportunities

EURAXESS Brazil & LAC Funding opportunities

EURAXESS LAC Funding opportunities is a list  of  open calls  to  fund researchers’mobility, compiled by the EURAXESS LAC team.

Check out the opportunities of Euraxess Brasil for research funding and academic cooperation. Access the document with open calls:

Travel Grants

Each quarter, offers travel grants up to 500€ to help cover the cost of attending conferences.

These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions across Europe.

The addition of a new funding type to the database is intended to a remove a challenging barrier and allow more researchers to identify financial support allowing them to participate in international collaboration/networking opportunities.

Type of travel grants:

  • Travel grants/programs/fellowships addressed to researchers of all profiles (R1 to R4) not to students.
  • Visits to distinguished laboratories/research centers abroad to acquire specialist knowledge or expertise.
  • Participation to conferences/seminars/events that will help researchers advance their research project and career development, etc.

More information at

Postdoctoral research in Japan

Are you interested in taking your research to Japan and working with leading groups in Japanese universities and other institutions?
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is offering Postdoctoral Fellowships for Overseas Researchers to citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland. All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under the programme.
Fellowships last from 12 up to 24 months and must start between 1 September and 30 November 2019.
Included in the fellowship awards are:

  • Round-trip air ticket
  • Settling-in allowance
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Overseas insurance coverage

Opening announcement is available in early 2019 in the SNSF News room and applications should be submitted to the SNSF to: by 1 April 2019.

Strategic Japanese-Swiss Science and Technology Programme

Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (LHMENA)

On 8th January 2019, the Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (LHMENA) launched a call for “Innovation starting grants”. It aims to foster collaborations between researchers in Switzerland and their counterparts in countries of the MENA region. Seven countries of the region are eligible for this call: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian territory, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

The call is open to all scientific disciplines and wants to support both technological and social innovation. Each project must involve at least a Swiss university, a university of the MENA region and a non-academic partner of the MENA region.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 25th March 2019. The full text of the call and the application form can be found on the Leading House website:

USA Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Fulbright Program in Switzerland offers scholars with Swiss citizenship (If you hold another citizenship you must contact the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in your citizenship country.) and English proficiency funding to teach and do research at post-doctoral level, at any recognized institution of higher education in the United States, in almost any field of study. Depending on the program, grant lengths range from three months to one academic year. Successful applicants for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program receive a grant for one academic year of about $ 30,000.

More information at the link Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program


Call for Mobility Grants with South Asia and Iran 2019

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned ZHAW as Leading House for the bilateral research collaboration with partner institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Mobility grants enable young scientists to integrate in international R&D. The mobility grants help build up new partnerships through personal contacts early on in a scientist’s career and thereby make such partnerships more sustainable.

Mobility grants encourage young talented Swiss researchers to enhance their career by spending time in an academic environment in one of the countries mentioned above. The mobility grants also enable young talented researchers from the countries mentioned above to work on a project in Switzerland.

Information and application

"Germaine de Staël" programme France-Switzerland

The "Germaine de Staël" programme promotes collaboration between French and Swiss researchers and research teams by providing funding towards travel and accommodation expenses incurred by their team members as part of attending meetings or conferences. Funding of around CHF 4,500 per project per year is provided to Swiss participants.

Participation conditions
The Partenariat Hubert Curien/Germaine de Staël Funding is open to every public or private Swiss research institute (Higher education institutions, universities, research institutes, HES/FHS and companies). All the scientific fields are allowed.

The application period for the funding programme "Germaine de Staël" is now OPEN!
Project's submission are allowed till June 7th.

More information at the link Germaine de Staël