Visiting Research Fellows

The Graduate Institute hosts university professors, lecturers, researchers and senior staff members from international organisations, with independent funding, keen to carry out research and take advantage of the resources and services the Institute has to offer (library, interaction with faculty members and students) and its unique location in the heart of International Geneva.

Who can apply


The Visiting Fellowship Programme is designed for researchers at various stages in their careers from doctoral and early career to more established researchers:

Florence-Geneva Postdoctoral Fellowship: PhD graduates in law or the social sciences who are within five years of completing their degree, from anywhere in the world (regardless of nationality and including non-EU citizens). Preference is given to applicants who have completed their doctorate within the last three years, and who do not hold a tenured or a tenure-track position in a university. More information here.

Senior Fellows in Residence: UN and EU staff members nominated by their organisation (United Nations Fellowship, European Union Fellowship), staff members from international organisations

Visiting Fellow: post-doctoral students, researchers or professors from other universities working in one of the Institute’s disciplines or areas of specialisation

Junior Visiting Fellow: doctoral students with an independent research project

Please note


  • The Programme is open only to self-sponsored researchers. It is therefore not possible to apply for financial aid from the Graduate Institute.
  • Affiliation is possible for a minimum of two months and up to 12 months maximum.
  • Candidates who wish to apply for the Swiss Excellence Scholarship, or any other grant, and thus require a letter of recommendation from one of our professors, must be affiliated with one of our programmes. They therefore need to follow the application process above.
  • Working space for visiting fellows or senior fellows in residence is subject to availability within specific academic departments or research centres. Junior visiting fellows may work in the Library.



  • Access to library resources
  • Access to IT services (Institute e-mail address, IT account, WiFi network)
  • Interaction facilitated by a professor responsible for liaison between the faculty and students and working in the same or a similar field of research
  • Access to events organised by the Institute: conferences, roundtables, etc
  • In some cases, possibility to present personal research work in a seminar

A 5-Step Application Process


Application deadlines are: 
Fall Selection (for the following spring): 15 September
Spring Selection (for the following fall): 15 March 




Take a look at our research centres and academic departments prior to filling out your online application and indicate the name of a professor who may be interested in your research. You do not need to contact them before.




Complete the online application form

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Pay the application fee of CHF 50 and validate the application form by clicking on “Submit”.

You will receive an automatic message confirming the receipt of your online application.




Send the following documents – in PDF format – before the appropriate deadline to

1. A brief summary (2 to 4 pages) of the research project you intend to pursue at the Graduate Institute

2. A letter of recommendation from candidate's home institution (or supervisor) and attestation of study (mandatory for junior visiting fellows)

3. A copy of your passport

Only completed applications will be considered. 




The Visiting Fellowship Programme is a selective programme. An admission committee examines all applications. Selection criteria is related to the research topic and the availability of a professor to act as the academic contact. The committee’s decision is final.

Candidates will be informed of the result by email about one month after their application’s deadline. 

Admitted candidates will receive a formal letter in electronic format confirming their affiliation with a department or research centre, along with invoice details for the CHF 500 administration fees. 


More information


Visiting Fellow Portal

How to best organise your stay: Practical information


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