IO Research Stipend
The SNIS – IO research stipend is a new funding opportunity aimed at promoting research on International Organisations by young scholars.

The SNIS – IO research stipend is a new funding opportunity aimed at promoting research on International Organisations by young scholars.

The stipend offers second-year PhD students the opportunity to carry out their IO-related research while being anchored at the SNIS offices in Geneva.

To cover their living expenses, the PhD students will receive a stipend for a duration of 3 or 6 months.

The compensation is set at CHF 1’500.-/month. The SNIS can offer either one 6-month stipend or two 3-month stipends per calendar year.

For the duration of their research, stipendiaries will have their own desk at the SNIS offices.


Scope of the study


  • Entrants must be registered second or third-year PhD students in a Swiss institution of higher education (Definition see:
  • Entrants cannot submit proposals connected to a specific International Organisation if they have had prior working contracts with the same organisation.
  • Entrants must be younger than 30 years at the time of submission.
  • Entrants do not need to be citizens or residents of Switzerland.
  • Entrants may not be part of an ongoing SNIS funded project.

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant is eligible as defined above.
  • The application is complete as defined above.
  • The proposed research must be concerned with at least one international organisation (Definition see:
  • The proposed research is original and timely.
  • Entrants can demonstrate that they benefit from the physical proximity to IO(s).
  • The proposed research can be carried out in either three months or six months.

Online Application

Entrants must submit their application with the required documents and information online via The application contains:

  • Personal information (via webform)
  • Letter of motivation by applicant (as pdf)
  • Research proposal (as pdf, length max. 2000 words)
  • Support letter by PhD supervisor affirming to monitor the candidate’s research efforts during the stipend period (as pdf)
  • Interest in outlined research confirmed by IO staff (pdf of email)
  • CV with bibliography (as pdf)

IO Research Stipend

Submission status: closed


Research report outlining: – Scientifc advances – Potential policy implications In addition, all stipend winners will be interviewed by SNIS staff to summarize their stipend experience. The SNIS will use these interviews for communication purposes.


After the stipendaries are selected by the jury, they need to sign an agreement. After the signature of the agreement, the stipendaries will receive the 80% of the stipend. After the end of their stipend period the stipendiary needs to provide the research report. If the report is judged to be satisfactory by the jury, the remainder of the stipend (20%) will be transferred swiftly.


  • For the duration of the stipend, the stipendiaries must work in Geneva i.e. it is not possible to receive the stipend to do desk research at one’s home University.
  • The stipend is an award for excellence i.e. it is not a salary.
  • Stipendiaries need to ascertain that they are properly insured i.e. they have medical and accident coverage.
  • Stipendiaries must hold a valid visa or a passport that allows them to work in Switzerland.
  • The SNIS cannot accomodate more than one stipendiary at a time (when two 3-months stipends are granted they must be organised sequentially).

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