• Guest researchers contribute to the academic discussion in their country of origin/work in the fields of federalism, state organisation, democracy, rule of law or human rights and generate new insights in one of these fields
• The researchers find a way to make use of their acquired knowledge in their home country (e.g. lectures, publications, further education, etc.)
• Academic exchange and cooperation
The programme is aimed at promising doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and professors from all over the world researching on key areas of competence of the Institute.
The Institute offers
• A carrel, equipped with a computer and internet access
• Academic support and exchange with IFF staff, other guest researchers and our network in Switzerland
• Access to our library with over 20’000 books and 50 periodicals, specialized in the areas of Federalism, State governance, Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights
• Access to all Swiss libraries (electronic database)
of the research stay: general introduction by Yvonne Heiter, introduction
to the Institute’s library
the research stay: working independently
of the research stay: public lecture at the Institute
The guest researchers are responsible for finding their own accommodation during their stay. The Institute can provide assistance in the process.
The accommodation costs are to be paid by the guest researcher.
Please note that it is generally difficult to find affordable rooms for a short research stay.
Some useful links that help you organise your stay in Fribourg:
• University of Fribourg: Living in Fribourg
• Fribourg Tourism
• Housing in Fribourg
The following costs have to be covered by the guest researcher:
• Travel costs
• Insurance costs (the compulsory insurance covers health and accident and is organized by the guest researcher) – an insurance is requested as it is mandatory for every person living in Switzerland. Without insurance you will not get a visa at the embassy.
• Visa costs
• Living costs (be aware of the high living costs in Switzerland)
|Possible monthly budget:
||CHF 450 - 800
|Pocket money, leisure and cultural activities
||CHF 150 - 200
|Transport: tpf pass for Fribourg (1 month, adults
|Total monthly costs
||CHF 1,815 – 2,215
Information about other financing possibilities can be found here.
IFF Working Papers Online: the Institute provides a forum disseminating research relevant to our main research topics. This publication series is aimed at conveying preliminary results of the ongoing research of our faculty members, our visiting researchers as well as participants of our Summer University and our advanced training programs.
Current Guest Researchers
Effectiveness of the Judicial System in Enforcing Human Rights in Palestine
Swiss Government Excellence
March – May 2017
Service Tax (GST) and potential revenue loss of local bodies in India.
researchers are asked to submit the following documents:
words outline of the proposed research project (including bibliography based on
the volumes present in our library or elsewhere in Fribourg, please refer to
the catalogue accessible on http://opac.rero.ch/gateway?skin=fr&lng=en; limit the search to FR UNI BFD IFF to see which
books could be useful for you).
of academic writing (journal article or similar)
letter of reference (does not apply to Professors)
of knowledge of English (or German/French)
Please be aware that the official
documents and edicts as laws, by-laws etc. in Switzerland are only available in
German, French and Italian (with only a few exceptions)!
The selection will be
made by the Institute of Federalism and communicated to the prospective
researcher within two months after receipt of the application.
Details on the
application process can be found here.
Applications are accepted via the online application form. Before starting, please have the necessary documents in electronic format ready (pdf, jpg, jpeg). Be aware that it is not possible to save and continue later.
Troubles with the online application? Please contact Mrs. Yvonne Heiter-Steiner.