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.

Main provisions: 

  • Have been employed as a graduate assistant at Unifr for at least 12 months at the time of application.

  • Be registered as a doctoral student at the time of application and maintain this registration throughout the stay abroad period.

  • Not be funded by the SNSF.

  • The host institution abroad is different from the place of study and/or Bachelor/Master's graduation.

  • The host institution is different from the one where the doctoral partnership or the thesis co-tutorship takes place.

  • The host institution is not located in the candidate's country of origin.

  • The duration of the stay is minimum 6 months and maximum 12 months.

  • The stay starts at the earliest 3 months after the submission deadline (later if a visa is required) and at the latest 9 months afterwards.

  • The start date is always the first day of the month, and the end date is always the last day of the month.

  • The amount of the grant depends on the destination and the individual situation of the applicant. The rates and eligible costs are listed in the documentation on the right.

  • Funding is not retroactive, and no additional sum can be awarded after the grant has been obtained.

  • The recipient's salary is suspended for the entire period covered by the grant (unpaid leave).

The Regulations and Implementation Guidelines (on the right) contain the full terms and conditions of the programme and must be consulted before applying.

  • Application submission

    The documentation on this page must be consulted to prepare and complete the application.

    Only applications that comply with the criteria and requirements are eligible.

    The application must be submitted exclusively via the online form on the right, at the latest by the submission deadline.

  • Project evaluation

    The Research Promotion Committee of the University of Fribourg evaluates the projects and decides on which projects to fund at its biannual meetings, usually in April and October. The exact dates of the meetings are published on the Committee's website.

  • Award decision

    The Commission's decision is communicated to the candidate in writing only, at the earliest two months after the submission deadline.

    The candidate's thesis director at Unifr receives a copy of the decision.

  • Release of the grant

    The grantee must request the release of the scholarship via the online form on the right.

    This request can be submitted at the earliest 30 days before the beginning of the stay; the amount of the scholarship will be credited to the beneficiary's account within 30 working days.

  • Project completion

    The grantee submits a final report at the end of the project, at the latest 6 weeks after the end date of the project (online form on the right).

    This report is respectively sent to the thesis director at Unifr, the supervisor abroad and the Research Promotion Committee, for comment and approval.

Submission deadlines

  • 1st March
  • 1st September


  • Submission (update pending)

Grant release

Final report


Research Promotion Service

Internal funding