Research Funding

Grants and funding come from different sources – national and international – and are often linked to a specific use, such as individual grants or collective project funding. 

Finding the correct funding opportunities can sometimes be difficult and time-consuming. This page provides information that should help and guide researchers, from finding the right financing instrument up to submitting a proposal.

Funding Opportunities


Career Funding

Career-funding instruments are designed to support individual researchers at different levels of their professional trajectory (PhD, postdoc, faculty). They consist of mobility and project grants that allow researchers to further their academic career by strengthening their research curriculum and building networks. The document below shows major career-funding instruments classified by funding agencies and career stages.


Career Funding

Project Funding (individual and collective)

Project funding is designed to allow researchers to conduct research on specific issues individually or collectively. Project grants allow principal investigators to form teams of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and to engage in cooperative research with universities or research institutions at the national or international level. The document below  shows major project-funding instruments classified by funding agencies.


Project Funding

Conference, Workshop and Related Funding

Conference- and workshop-funding allow researchers to discuss new ideas and scientific advancements with fellow experts and to present their findings in academic or public settings. The document below lists funding instruments for organising conferences and workshops.


Conference, Collaboration, or Travel Funding

Searchable Funding Resources

Curious about other funding opportunities? The document below provides a list of searchable funding resources that capture funding opportunities in various disciplines suitable for PhD students, postdocs, or faculty members.


Searchable Funding Resources

How to Submit an Application


A simple institutional procedure is in place to submit research grants at the Graduate Institute (see box below). The Research Office provides a variety of supports to applicants when they are trying to identify funding opportunities, developing proposals, and submitting research grants. Please note that, prior to submission, all research grant budgets must be validated by the Graduate Institute's Accounting and HR departments. The Research Office will support all applicants in ensuring that this institutional requirement is met prior to submission (details in box below).


How to Submit a Research Grant

Graduate Institute’s Seed Money Grants


Seed money grants are open to all full-time faculty members of the Graduate Institute with multiyear contracts. They may be project grants (maximum amount CHF 7,500) to support the initiation of research activities which can serve as pilot projects for subsequent grant applications from outside agencies (FNS, ERC, SNIS etc.) or publications grants (maximum amount CHF 2,500) to prepare a scholarly output such as an article, an edited volume or a monograph.

Priority will be given to project grants, in particular submissions from junior faculty members.

Submission deadlines are 1 May and 1 November.

For more details and the full application procedure please refer to the Seed Money Grants Guidelines below.


Seed Money Grants Guidelines

Resources and Additional Information


  • APSIA – Visit the Fellowships and Scholaships database of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).
  • Euresearch – Get support and training to apply for a ERC or a Marie Sklodowska Curie funding scheme thanks to Euresearch, a Swiss network mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) that provides targeted information, hands-on advice and transnational partnering related to European research and innovation programmes.
  • Johns Hopkins University's funding databases – Three searchable databases providing information on global opportunities for graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty members.
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – Find the funding scheme that is right for you.
  • SwissCore – Swiss information and liaison office for European research, innovation and education in Brussels.

Support and Contact

The Research Office offers a one-stop information desk supporting researchers at the Graduate Institute that seek third party funding. Our mission is to facilitate research applications by:

  • providing information on external funding and keeping abreast of developments;
  • offering advice on which funding agency or instrument is most relevant to your project and career stage;
  • supporting researchers formulating funding proposals by offering input on formal requirements and budgets;
  • revising your research plans and any additional documents required for the project submission;
  • receiving all research proposals leaving the Institute and checking for compliance with the institution’s policies.