Mobility is an integral part of an academic career. Researchers are expected to conduct part of their academic research at other universities, preferably abroad.
In doing so, researchers encounter different academic environments, can expand their knowledge and network, and acquire new methodologies.
The University of Fribourg provides several support systems to inform and advise researchers on mobility issues:
Research Promotion Service
- The Doc.Mobility scholarships are aimed at graduate assistants from the University of Fribourg who wish to strengthen their academic CV with a scientific stay in a research institute abroad before returning to complete their thesis at our institution.
International Relations Office
- For doctoral students with a work contract at Unifr, funding is also possible for a staff mobility in the framework of the Swiss European Mobility Programme SEMP.
- Unifr doctoral students can take advantage of exchange programmes for students. Many exchange agreements also apply at doctoral level.
- Further information: https://www.unifr.ch/studies/en/mobility/
Information for PhD students from universities abroad who wish to study at UniFR:
- Welcome Center at UniFR for international researchers
- The Uni-Info office provides all the information necessary when arriving in Freiburg (finding accommodation, practical information about the university, etc.)
- The Unifr issues mobility grants to advanced foreign researchers domiciled abroad who wish to take up a research placement at the University of Fribourg at doctorate or post-doctorate level.
- The EURAXESS Switzerland portal offers a wide range of information on professional and everyday life, as well as on job opportunities and scholarships.
- The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) offers Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for foreign scholarship holders
National and international sponsors offer a range of fellowships to promote the mobility of early career researchers:
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) offers fellowships such as Doc.CH and Postdoc Mobility (with the possibility of a return fellowship). These fellowships are supported by Project Mobility Fellowships and Scientific Exchange Fellowships, all of which aim to support young researchers in international mobility and networking.
swissuniversities have compiled a list of scholarships that enable mobility to a number of countries.
The European Commission proposes Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), where mobility is the main condition.