Berkeley-Lausanne Research Fellowship

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The University of Lausanne, founded in 1537 as a School of Theology, reached university status in 1890. UNIL is a modern and dynamic key institution in the Swiss landscape of higher education and research and is home to more than 17,000 students (Bachelor, Master and PhD level). UNIL pursues long-term fundamental research and is actively involved in the transfer of new knowledge to society and the economy. Its research activities focus on medicine, life sciences, geosciences, environment, business, humanities and social sciences. Its ambition is to position itself at the highest national and international level not only in research, but also in the training of young scientists. UNIL lays great store by the quality and innovation of its teaching. This is characterized by a highly interdisciplinary approach, which is even reflected in the organisation of its 7 Faculties

The main UNIL campus is located on the banks of Lake Geneva. The closeness to the lake and mountains provides a delightful setting for study and research. To preserve this environment, the UNIL campus is managed according to principles of sustainable development. The University of Lausanne is situated in the heart of French-speaking Switzerland, in the center of Western Europe - close to France, Germany, Italy and Austria.

The scholarship has a duration of up to three months maximum. 

Students will need to organize travel and accommodation on their own. However, the student mobility office and the UNIL Welcome Centre can provide assistance for accommodation and other administrative issues. Students can combine this scholarship with other IES grants.

PLEASE NOTE: Grant recipients are expected to complete their research stay in residence at the designated partner university during the calendar year they applied for (not the end of the school year).

Award amount: The fellowship offered by UNIL is CHF 1,600/month that will be paid to the selected Berkeley student upon arrival in Lausanne.

Eligibility: Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in all fields. Preference will be given to students who have established a connection with a faculty supervisor/contact at UNIL. 

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page application letter, including a 100-word (max.) abstract of your research and indication of the duration of your stay
  2. A research statement of approximately 1,500 words
  3. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  4. One short confirmation letter (or e-mail) from a research supervisor at the University of Lausanne, indicating the duration of your stay 
  5. A short CV (max. 2 pages)

Deadline: March 1

For more information about Lausanne University, please contact the International Relations Office, Denis Dafflon, Head of Office at

For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact