Mobility opportunities for UNIL PhD students

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UNIL PhD students can get administrative and financial support to spend time in another institution through both Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) (previously Erasmus) and bilateral agreements. It is also possible to arrange a placement independently.

Note: In principle, the period spent abroad is included in the maximum term of the assistant’s contract.

Purpose of stay

Duration Support

Studies in Europe

3 to 6 months

SEMP exchange agreement (see below)

Studies/research worldwide

1 to 2 semesters

Bilateral exchange agreement (see below)

Teaching in Europe

2 days to 2 weeks

SEMP programme (only for Assistants, see below)

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Research

Variable depending on funding source

External funding sources

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Studies in Europe

Studies in Europe

SEMP (previously Erasmus) exchange agreements allow students to study in another institution for three to six months.

Conditions

  • Agreement from thesis supervisor
  • If on an assistant’s contract: agreement from the Faculty

Procedure

  1. Check the exchange agreements database for information about agreements open to PhD students
  2. Contact the mobility adviser for your faculty
  3. Check that the host institution is in agreement, in conjunction with the mobility adviser

Financial support for PhD students

The financial support available is shown on the agreement details in the exchange agreements database. In principle, the amount is CHF 320 / month (check the database to confirm). This amount cannot be paid in addition to an assistant’s salary.

Teaching in Europe

SEMP (previously Erasmus) agreements offer mobility opportunities to assistants studying for a PhD, for teaching activities lasting between two days and two weeks. The procedures are the same as for teaching staff; please check the information on mobility for teaching staff under SEMP agreements.

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Studies/research worldwide

Bilateral exchange agreements allow stays of one to two semesters for study or research purposes.

Conditions

  • Agreement from thesis supervisor
  • If on an assistant’s contract: agreement from the Faculty
  • Support from a researcher at the host university if you are planning to carry out research during your stay.

Procedure

  1. Check the exchange agreements database for information about agreements open to PhD students
  2. Contact the mobility adviser for your faculty
  3. Check that the host institution is willing to have you (often on a case-by-case basis at PhD level)
  4. Submit your application to your mobility adviser before the deadline (see the exchange agreements database for the forms and procedures to follow).

Financial support for PhD students

The financial support available is shown on the agreement details in the exchange agreements database. In principle, the amounts are as follows (check the database to confirm):

  • Europe: CHF 3,500 / semester
  • Outside Europe: CHF 4,000 / semester

These amounts cannot be paid in addition to an assistant’s salary.

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Independent placements

It is possible, subject to the agreement of their thesis supervisor, for students to organise a placement in an institution that does not have an agreement with UNIL. In this case, the student makes their own arrangements, without any administrative or financial support from UNIL. 

External funding sources

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