CUSO Gender Studies Doctoral Programme


The CUSO "Gender Studies" doctoral programme is a platform of exchange for doctoral students whose work encompasses a gender perspective in the francophone part of Switzerland. This doctoral programme pursues the following goals:

  • It provides the opportunity to assess the various contributions of an interdisciplinary approach, which is the foundation of gender studies.
  • It provides a space for exchange and dialogue between doctoral students and colleagues, who are more advanced in their academic career and, subsequently, can delve deeper into the theoretical and methodological aspects of Gender Studies.
  • It creates a network for young researchers, not only regionally, but also at the national and international level.
  • It permits doctoral students to train their communication skills and enable them to promote their research through individual and collective publications.

The CUSO "Gender Studies" doctoral programme unites five institutions in Switzerland:

It is also affiliated with the Gender Studies Network of Swiss Doctoral Schools "Gender Studies CH".

Registration for the programme is open to those who are enrolled in one of the five member institutions and whose doctoral research incorporates a gender perspective. Doctoral candidates who are interested are required to send a letter of motivation, their curriculum vitae, and a letter from their thesis director, to the programme co-ordinator. Applications will be reviewed by the Direction Committee, who will then decide on the eligibility of the candidates. Registrations are open all year.

Direction Committee:

  • IHEID (direction): Prof. Elisabeth Prügl (Political Science and International Relations) and Dr. Fenneke Reysoo (Anthropology of Development).
  • University of Fribourg: Prof. Anne-Françoise Praz (History).
  • University of Geneva: Prof. Delphine Gardey (History and Sociology).
  • University of Lausanne: Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre (Sociology).
  • University of Neuchâtel: Prof. Ellen Hertz (Anthropology)