Funding Opportunities

Annual Call for Projects

In its annual call for projects the SNIS invites academic researchers active in international studies to submit project proposals. The winners of the highly competitive call can receive funding up to 300'000.- CHF for a maximum period of two years.

Projects must be coordinated by a Swiss institution of higher education / research (see list of qualifying institutions below) and address an academic question that transcends national boundaries (see definition of international studies). Additionally the projects must at least be pluri-disciplinary, collaboration with international organizations is considered an important asset. Please refer to the section "projects"  and "funding opportunities" to become familiar with SNIS themes and the call procedure.

The call is organized as a two step process: in a first phase, researchers submit short pre-proposals that are reviewed by the SNIS scientific committee. Following this pre-selection about 20 teams are invited to submit full proposals. In this second round the success rate is about 40%. For an overview of the procedure please refer to the graphic below:


List of qualifying institutions to submit project proposals to the SNIS

The International Geneva Award

The International Geneva Award has been established to encourage outstanding research scientists to produce publications that are particularly relevant for International Organisations. The Award is a prestigious academic distinction specifically created to promote links between Swiss academics and International Geneva.

The Award is given to the three best papers published on a subject related to International Studies and especially useful from the perspective of the Academic Council of International Geneva.

The SNIS provides CHF 15'000 annually for the AC award. The three awarded publications are prized up to CHF 5’000 each.

Prizes will be presented annually in the framework of a SNIS event and the awardees will be invited to present their research and awarded paper.

Applications will be reviewed by the International Geneva Committee, composed of representatives of International Organisations headquartered in Geneva with expertise in one or several areas relevant to International Studies.

Entrants must be professors or researchers at a post-doctoral level working in a Swiss university and employed on a multiple-year contract at the time of submission.

SNIS Award for the Best Thesis in International Studies

The SNIS Award has been established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The SNIS Award prizes the best Ph.D. thesis received in a Swiss University on a subject related to International Studies. The amount allocated by the SNIS is CHF 5’000.

Applications are judged by an ad hoc Committee appointed by the Governing Committee and composed of professors at Swiss Universities with expertise in one or several areas relevant to International Studies.

Ph.D. thesis 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.

Formal criteria provides that 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 of the respective Award edition.