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International Geneva Study Trip Fellowship – Environmental Governance

Postdocs are invited to apply for a study trip to Geneva to enhance their understanding of academic-policy engagement within the UN ecosystem. 

As environmental crises become increasingly complex and intertwined, the need for active engagement between researchers and policy professionals has never been more urgent. 

International Geneva is host to a unique and dynamic ecosystem where diverse actors converge to formulate policy relevant to global environmental governance and climate change. For researchers, navigating this landscape poses critical questions: How to cultivate the relationships necessary for effective engagement with policymakers? How to identify the relevant processes and stakeholders? Where to find the resources to support these activities?


►  Time period: 8 – 10 October 2024
► application deadline: 22 May 2024 


Throughout the program, participants will:

  • Interact with experts and gain insights into policy engagement within the Geneva ecosystem,
  • Build confidence and skills to bridge academia and policymaking,
  • Collaborate and learn from peers across faculties and Swiss universities.

The focus theme of this year’s programme is Climate Change and Environmental Governance. 

Organisation Institute of Environmental Sciences, UNIGE GSPI (Geneva Science-Policy Interface)
Costs UZH Graduate Campus supports the participation of two postdocs and covers the participation fee, meals and accommodation (up to CHF 900).


The program will feature three days of meetings, workshops and networking events in Europe’s UN capital, Geneva, including:

  • 2 virtual pre-sessions: introduction to the science-policy interface and the Geneva ecosystem; meet-and-greet of cohort (90 minutes, online, co-delivered by the GSPI)
  • Day 0: Arrival by the afternoon, informal dinner for participants from all universities at a selected venue 
  • Day 1: Multilateral policymaking and the mobilization of science, at the United Nations Geneva, Palais des Nations followed by an informal dinner/potential reception with the EU mission 
  • Day 2: Science-policy engagement through intermediaries (with relevant intermediary organizations), at the International Environment House 
  • Day 3: Exchanges on practices of science-policy engagement, at the UNIGE venue

Overview Programm (PDF, 190 KB)


  • Postdoctoral researchers are eligible (you can be employed on a grant, but must be a UZH member of staff)
  • Applicants should be active in climate change or environmental governance. Applications from all faculties and disciplines are welcomed
  • Doctoral candidates are not eligible


Please send your complete application in one single PDF file to Dr. Claudine Leysinger
by 22 May 2024, consisting of:

  • CV (maximum two pages)
  • Letter of motivation (maximum one page) in English. Please answers the following questions:
    • How does your research relate to environmental policy or governance?
    • What prior experience do you have of engaging with policymakers (e.g. local, national, international)? 
    • What has motivated you to apply for this opportunity and how do you think you will benefit, if selected? 
    • Are there particular challenges or approaches you would like to see included in the program?