Berkeley-Lausanne Research Fellowship

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The partnership between the UC Berkeley and the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland, was established in 2020. Both universities are now seeking to intensify their collaboration, and UNIL is pleased to announce one scholarship for Berkeley PhD students wishing to do research at UNIL.

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 15,500 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 Schools. 

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. The fellowship offered by UNIL is CHF 1,600/month that will be paid to the selected Berkeley student upon arrival in Lausanne. Preference will be given to students who have established a connection with a faculty supervisor/contact at UNIL. Students will need to organize travel and accommodation on their own. However, the UNIL Welcome Centre can provide assistance for accommodation and other administrative issues. Students can combine this scholarship with other IES grants.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research stays at Lausanne will only be possible starting in January 2022. Students can apply for this grant in 2021, but should plan their stay in Lausanne between January and December 2022.

Applicants need to 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 further description of approximately 1,500 words that describes your research
  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, with indication of the duration of your stay 
  5. A short c.v. (max. 2 pages)

Deadline: February 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 Ms. Gia White at





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