Call for Projects 2013
The SNIS offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs. To be eligible for funding, project proposals must qualify as:
- International studies: Projects carry out research on global issues that are either relevant in the international arena or at least concern multiple countries simultaneously. The SNIS considers that International Studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but also with political, economic, social, environmental, legal, health, scientific and development issues.
- Pluri-disciplinary studies: Projects are pluri-disciplinary and they can include disciplines from the social and natural sciences.
Who can apply? The SNIS accepts submissions in English from Swiss institutions of higher education and research (see list of eligible institutions). International Organizations and NGOs can submit research propositions to the attention of the qualified submitters.
Thematically, submissions can be made in one of the following two sections:
In any area of International Studies as defined above.
Special theme 2013:
Global issues in a time of high volatility.
The world is currently characterized by many different and interlocking forms of volatility; fluctuating commodity and energy prices, financial crashes, climate change and natural disasters, social and political upheavals such as those witnessed in Libya, Syria and Mali, and mass population movements. How and how effectively is the international community responding to such phenomena? What are the roles of the global, national and regional actors ? How can International Organizations, NGOs and civil society contribute to managing volatility?
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SNIS Award 2013
The submission for the SNIS AWARD rewarding the best thesis in international studies submitted in a Swiss University in 2012 is currently open.
SNIS Award, valued at 5000.- CHF
Submitted PhD theses can deal with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography, environmental sciences, and related areas. In fact, the SNIS considers that International Studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but with phenomena that transcend traditional national-state boundaries and which may be addressed by a large spectrum of academic disciplines.
A jury composed of experts in their field of competence will evaluate the PhD thesis submitted. A thesis that can convince the jury beyond disciplinary boundaries is a clear asset.
Formal criteria for submission:
- Entrants must have received their Ph.D. degree in a Swiss University with «summa cum laudae» or a mark equal or superior to 5.5, in the calendar year 2012. The relevant date is the date of the presentation of the thesis or, in case the Faculty’s rules require a formal validation of the result, the date of the validation.
- Entrants under 35 years at the time of the submission are preferred. Entrants do not need to be citizens or residents of Switzerland
- The research described in the thesis must be in the field of the International Studies, as defined above.
- The thesis must be written in one of the three national languages (German, French and Italian) or in English.
Candidates fullfilling the above formal criteria can:
- Register on the website (pre-requisite for filling in the registration form)
- Fill in the electronic registration form (incl upload of an electronic version of the thesis and upload of two scanned supporting letters). For additional details regarding the submitting procedures please refer to the document SNIS Award 2013
- Send two hardcopies of their thesis to the postal address of the SNIS
Case Postale 185
1211 Genève 20
The deadline for submission is 8 April at 14:00 CET.