SUK Programme: Continuation

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Continuation funding of existing programmes in the framework of swissuniversities subproject 1 (TP1), “Doctoral programmes at universities” 2017-2020

The Call for Projects is intended for persons who are responsible for programmes and projects which were funded in the framework of the SUK Programme 2013-2016. You are hereby invited to apply for continuation funding.

Continuation funding via TP1 will cover a maximum of 50% of total costs and will proceed digressively during funding period 2017-2020. In 2020 project contributions will approach zero. By deploying digressive financing swissuniversities wishes to encourage universities to gradually take over the funded doctoral programmes themselves.

The funding programme will begin on 1.1.2017 and last until the end of 2020 at the latest. Applications for continuation funding refer to the entire funding period and envisage autonomous continuation of programme financing from 2021 onwards.

SUK Programme 2013-2016: Promotion of doctoral programmes

The intention of the Swiss university conference (SUK) doctoral programme (2013-2016) is to improve both the quality and attractiveness of doctoral training and the career perspectives of doctoral students. It addresses both entire doctoral programmes and components of doctoral studies such as individual modules.

Funding criteria

To qualify for funding, projects and programmes must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Conformity with the Joint Position Paper by the Swiss Universities on the Doctorate
  • Interdisciplinarity: The doctoral programme is inter-university or inter-institutional (involving at least two groupings within a university unit).
  • Sustainability: The university will assume responsibility for the programme (if successful) when sponsorship ends in 2020.
  • Critical mass: The doctoral programme will achieve a critical mass involving at least 20 doctoral students.
  • Structured supervision: The programme will advance the scientific socialisation of its participants (community activity, networks, range of courses).


Approved programmes will be financed by swissuniversities in the form of a digressive contribution (intended as a type of start-up funding). The respective amount will comprise a maximum of 50% of the costs of the doctoral programme during the planning period. The remaining costs must be covered by those offering the programme. Universities’ own funds may comprise both “real money” and “virtual money”:

  • Real money comprises university funds made available for the project, with which the staff and external persons engaged in the project and the required consumables are financed. The expenditures mentioned should be charged directly to the project.
  • Virtual money comprises the value of existing infrastructure and the efforts of university members who have worked on the project but are not financed through it, and the efforts of staff who are financed by national sponsorship programmes (e.g. the SNF).

Funding restrictions

The following will not receive funding:

  • Central administrative and coordination offices*
  • Scholarships of any kind
  • Lump sum payments to doctoral students
  • Travel and accommodation costs for external doctoral students:

*In this regard please see swissuniversities regulations.

Application form

The application form (DOCX, 49 KB) covers all of the necessary information and simplifies the evaluation procedure. Additional documents such as a more comprehensive description of the project may of course be included.

Submission deadline

Applications must be submitted by 15 October 2016 at the latest.


Applications should be signed by the doctoral student(s) applying and the professor responsible. The signature of the respective Head of Department confirms that he/she is aware of the application.

The Rector decides whether to approve project funding on the basis of the recommendation of the Vice-Rector for Doctoral Studies.

Project funds will be granted for the first two years of the programme at first. The funds for the second half will be granted in 2018.

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