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Solar Energy - sustainable source of power_photo credit: UN Photo ID 83954. 01/01/1978.

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals has been extended until 29 January 2015 (13:00 - GMT + 1 h).

Project grants are offered for pluri-disciplinary research, ranging from CHF 100’000 to 300’000, over a two-year period. To be eligible for funding, project proposals must qualify as international and pluri-disciplinary studies. Thematically, submissions can also be made on the special theme 2015:

Marrying development and....

affordable and sustainable energy - protection and sustainable use of terrestial and maritime ecosystems - safe and inclusive cities - sustainable production and consumption regimes - cybersecurity.

The SNIS team is at the disposal of interested researchers to reply to specific questions.

View further details on eligibility criteria and the submission procedure

View the projects that have been accepted for funding in 2014


Winter Scenes - UN Geneva

The Secretariat of the Swiss Network for International Studies is closed during Christmas holidays from Friday, 19 December (17:30) 2014 until Monday, 5 January 2015 (09:00).

Urgent queries in connection with the submission of a pre-proposal within the call for projects 2015 will be handled during this period. Respective mail requests can be sent to: projects@snis.ch.

Best Season's Greetings! The SNIS team looks forward to a collaborative and prosperous year 2015.

Date: Monday, 24 November, 2014 - 09:00 to Tuesday, 25 November, 2014 - 17:15

Location: Room 6050, Uni Mail, University of Geneva 40, bd du Pont d'Arve, 1205 Geneva

The workshop, organised by Prof. Barbara Moser-Mercer (Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva),  will examine the education-fragility nexus with particular focus on access to higher education in emergencies. It will focus on techno-pedagogical approaches to increase both availability and accessibility of higher education offers by using Open Educational Resources (OER). The workshops will also map the potential of virtual learning and OERs for both formal and non-formal higher education in emergencies.

read more information: Inzone - Higher Education in Emergencies: the Potential of Open Educational Resources and Virtual Learning in Fragile Contexts

This workshop is taking place in the framework of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme, recently set-up by the SNIS.

Registration here (by 15 November 2014)

World Health Organization

Date: 10 December 2014 - 09:00 - 19:00
Location: Geneva - Villa Rigot (Avenue de la Paix 9)


The workshop, organised by the Gender Studies Institute of University of Geneva, aims at identifying the concept of sexual health, its main topics, problems and promoters. It will address the ways in which the World Health Organization, users, medical practitioners and social workers as well as NGO professionals reframe concepts, definitions and policies from the 1970s until today. The workshop takes places in the framework of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme, which has been set up to stimulate research collaboration between academic institutions and International Organisations in Switzerland.

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effects of large-scale land acquisitons on local communities in Cambodia

Invitation to the KOFF Roundtable on Natural Resource Conflicts
18 November 2014 (12:15 - 15:45) - swisspeace - Sonnenbergstr. 17, Bern

Rubber in a Rice-Bowl: Dynamics and effects of large-scale land acquisitions on local communities in Cambodia

The phenomena of large-scale land acquisitions have impacts on the economic, social and political structures and dynamics of local communities in the global south. The increased availability of cash and employment or investment into local infrastructure are as real as the loss of livelihoods, growing inequalities and social conflicts. The round table takes Cambodia as example to situate the topic of large scale land acquisitions within different perspectives.


with the participation of:

  • Christophe Gironde, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
  • Yvan Maillard-Ardenti, Bread for all
  • Jason Tower, American Friends Service Committee

read more information and view full programme