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15 Nov 2023

Appel à candidatures

LIVES visitor grant for scholars at the Universities of Lausanne & Geneva


The Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research LIVES at the University of Lausanne and University of Geneva offers visitor grants for scholars from outside Switzerland who wish to visit and engage in joint research with members of the LIVES Centre in Lausanne or Geneva. The purpose is to foster exchange of ideas and stimulate joint research.


  • Scholars at different levels of academic advancement are eligible for the visitor grant: doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, lecturers and professors.
  • Scholars are eligible for the grant if they plan a research stay of at least two months onsite in Lausanne or Geneva.
  • The visitor grant cannot be obtained for visits to PhD supervisors, including joint supervisors.


  • Individuals who receive a visitor grant agree to work onsite in Lausanne or Geneva, participate in LIVES activities and present their research in a staff seminar announced by LIVES.


  • The visitor grant covers travel and accommodation costs of up to a total of CHF 4000. It does not cover any other expenses such as local transportation, food, or insurance.
  • Grants are paid only after the visit, based on submission of valid receipts. Only costs accruing in the calendar year 2024 can be reimbursed by the visitor grant.

Submission for the visitor grant

Submissions for the visitor grant can be sent until November 15, 2023, for research stays that take place in 2024, to at University of Lausanne or at University of Geneva. Please submit the following documents in English in one single pdf-document (containing the applicant’s last name in the file-name):

  • A cover letter explaining the reason of a visit (including the dates envisaged for the visit*)
  • A research plan of no more than 1 page, outlining the planned research at the host university
  • For doctoral students: an abstract of their PhD thesis (no more than 250 words)
  • A support letter (e-mail) from a member of LIVES who will be the visitor’s local contact person
  • A CV with a publication list

For questions concerning the call, please contact LIVES director Daniel Oesch at University of Lausanne ( or LIVES co-director Clémentine Rossier at University of Geneva (

Assessment criteria

The visitor grants will be granted on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The planned research’s quality, promise and topical fit with the Centre LIVES
  • The collaborative dimension and added value for the Centre LIVES of the research stay
  • The scientific qualifications of the applicant


The outcome of the visitor grant will be communicated by December 15, 2023.


*Please consider that, unfortunately, the visitor status involves some paperwork, especially for non-EU/EFTA citizens who may need to wait at least three months to obtain a visa.