Welcome to the information portal dedicated to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Fribourg.

Are you interested in research? Have you got questions on how to get started with it? Are you looking for further details on the academic career? If so, then you are at the right place. Here you will find the answers to your questions and many useful tips.

Basic information about the PhD degree in Switzerland.



The PhD


  • Beginning a PhD thesis is considered the first (necessary) step to start your academic career.
  • During the PhD you should gradually evolve from “student” towards “independent researcher”. Please take into account that the thesis duration varies from faculty to faculty. It is worth to learn about the Best Practices of your research domain.
  • Towards the end of the PhD period the PhD candidate has to write his thesis, to defend it, and will be, eventually, awarded by the title of PhD.

For more information you can consult the FAQ  and take a look at the brochure: PhD@Unifr? All you need to know.



After obtaining your PhD to pursue the academic career, a post-doctoral fellowship (PostDoc) can be starte. The duration of a PostDoc is not well defined and can drastically differ between the faculties.

During the PostDoc you should collect the experiences necessary to start your own research activity. A Postdoc can profit from the support of many different funding instruments that can initially be used to cover his/her salary and gradually will allow him/her to pay for collaborators, equipment, etc. essentially for his/her research activity.

  • A Postdoc has to fix his/her objectives from the very beginning, and to carefully negotiate his/her working conditions. Beginning
  • 2-5 years after the end of the PhD thesis, a Postdoc should typically have reached the qualifications to access the funding instruments allowing him/her to start his/her own activity. Some funding instruments could provide the status of Research Associate (or Senior Assistant or Junior Group Leader), which is nice to have but not formally required to pursue an academic career. Middle
  • 4-9 years after the end of the PhD thesis, a researcher should have a record (concerning both his/her research activity and teaching activity) ready to apply for Professorship grants, e. g., grants financing a temporary position of Associate Professor. End

For more information see the section  FAQ.

Short news

    Workshop for PhD and postdoctoral researchers: “Academic mobility with family and partner – How to get prepared?”.

    This workshop, co-organised by the Office for Gender Equality and the Research Promotion Service, will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (9:00 – 13:30, including networking lunch) at the University of Fribourg.

    The presentations and discussions will inform researchers on all aspects of mobility in research – i.e. funding opportunities, personal life, mobility with family or partner, and administrative considerations – to help them prepare for this important career stage in the best possible way.

    The program can be found here. Registration  is free but compulsory. The workshop language is English. The number of places is limited and the principle of first come-first served applies. Registered persons are encouraged to cancel their participation a few days in advance if they cannot attend so that their place can be given to another person.


    • University of Fribourg, PER 21 building, Boulevard de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg
    • Rooms: F130 and G130 (F130 for plenary discussions and presentations)
    • Networking lunch: in front of room F130
    • How to get there (see map).

    -       Take Bus 1 direction “Marly” or Bus 3 direction “Pérolles” from train station.

    -       Stop at “Charmettes”

    -       Cross the road and head for the long building on the left side (beige color). 

    -       The letter indicates in which section of the building you'll find the room and the first number stands for the story (1st floor in this case)

    Research Promotion Service - University of Fribourg - Ch. du Musée 8 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Switzerland -
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