Funding doctoral studies

PhD students at the Centre for African Studies usually are either employed as research assistants in a research project or receive a scholarhip from a public fund or a private foundation.

The first step to your PhD studies at the University of Basel is always to solicite the support of a potential supervisor for your research project. As a general rule the supervisor is a professor at the University of Basel with research interests and a disciplinary background that corresponds with your research plan.

The executive office of the CASB is happy to advise PhD candidates who have the support of a supervisor at the University of Basel as well as a sound research proposal regarding the application for funding.


Scholarships for international PhD students and postdocs

Several public funds and private foundations support international young scholars (PhD students and postdocs) who envisage studies or research at the University of Basel. Please contact the Centre for executive office of the Centre for African Studies for details.

The SARECO database lists selected funding instruments for research collaboration and exchange.

FCS scholarships

PhD-candidates and postdocs may apply for a scholarship from the Federal Commission for Foreign Students (FCS). Depending on the bilateral arrangements with the respective country of origin, the Commission advertises research scholarhips (up to 12 months on doctoral and postdoctoral level) and full doctoral scholarships (36 months). Please consult the homepage of the Commission for further information on conditions,  application procedure and deadlines.

Research Grants for young scholars at the University of Basel

If you are a young scholar at the University of Basel requiring financial support for a project you can apply to the Office of Career Advancement (Ressort Nachwuchsförderung).


Research Grants for young scholars at the University of Basel

If you have specific questions regarding funding possibilities or need a personal career advice please contact the Office of Career Advancement (Ressort Nachwuchsförderung).


Printing Cost Contributions for Dissertations

The Vice Rectorate of Research offers PhD candidates at the University of Basel a contribution towards the cost of printing their dissertations.

In addition, PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences can apply for contributions towards printing costs at the faculty.


Support for students in need

The University's Student Welfare Office offers information about financing and budget planning.


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