GRC Travel Grants

GRC Travel Grants

Graduate Campus supports the following activities of junior researchers through GRC Travel Grants:

  • Short research stays at universities or other research institutes
  • Archive or library research, field studies, excavations and similar activities
  • Participation at summer/winter schools

Application requirements

  • The duration of the stay (abroad) comprises a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months.
  • The activity is significant for the research and career aims of the applicant.
  • The activity is supported by an academic supervisor at UZH.
  • Confirmation of the purpose and duration of the stay:
    • For visits to universities or other research institutes, an invitation or confirmation (duration of the stay, availability of a workspace and other general conditions) from the host is to be included.
    • For participation at summer/winter schools, a confirmation of participation is to be included.
    • For archive or library research, field studies, excavations and similar activities, a detailed work plan is to be included.
  • All PhD candidates matriculated at UZH as well as postdoctoral researchers at UZH are eligible to apply.

The Travel Grant cannot be applied for two separate journeys to the same location.

Financial contribution

GRC Travel Grants are essentially considered to be matching funds and will not be able to cover the total costs of a stay abroad. After completion of the activity an accountability report including expenses is to be send to the Graduate Campus.


                  within Europe     outside Europe
  Sweden, Norway, Denmark,
Finland, UK
Other European countries, incl. Switzerland USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada Other non-European countries
Travel allowance CHF 400 CHF 400 CHF 1000 CHF 1000
Additional living costs / week CHF 300 CHF 200
CHF 300
CHF 200
Minimum amount  CHF 1000 CHF 800 CHF 1600 CHF 1400
Maximum amount  CHF 2800 CHF 2000 CHF 3400 CHF 2600


Assessment criteria

  • Added value for the career track development and the establishing of a professional network of the applicant
  • Qualification of the application
  • Strategic partners of UZH (FU Berlin, HU Berlin, University of Vienna, Kyoto University, McGill University), LERU partner universities and universities of the Universitas 21 are given preference.
  • First-time applicants of GRC Travel Grants are given preference.

Application documents

Application form, CV, copy of the UZH card, supporting letter from an academic supervisor at UZH, confirmation of the purpose and duration of the stay (for details see above)

Awarding process and application deadlines

The Director of Graduate Campus decides whether an application is approved or not. The decision will be communicated approximately 4-6 weeks after the respective application deadline.

Application deadlines:

  • 15 April: for activities from 1 July through 31 December 
  • 15 November: for activities from 1 January through 30 June 


Applications are to be submitted electronically. The link to the online application tool will be published here around 6 weeks before the deadline.