Start-up grants

If possible, the doctoral program awards one year start-up-grants in the amount of CHF 30,000
For the spring semester 2024 the application time line has already expired.

The start-up grant enables young scientists to prepare grant applications in the start-up phase of their doctoral studies with which they can apply to the National Science Foundation or another institution for further funding of their research project.

Beneficiaries may have a part-time job of no more than 25%.

Application requirements:

  • Master's or licentiate degree from a law school in Switzerland or an equivalent degree from a recognized foreign university. Average grade of at least 5.0 according to the Swiss grading system or an equivalent foreign degree. In the case of candidates who are about to complete their studies or who come from other disciplines, the doctoral committee decides on admission and the conditions attached to it after consultation with the prospective first supervisor.
  • Presence of a supervisory commitment.
  • The period of time between the university degree or state examination and the application should not exceed two years (with justified exceptions [e.g. bar exam]).
  • An above-average motivation to deal scientifically with the research question and a willingness to work in an interdisciplinary manner are expected.

Please send us the following documents as one PDF by mail:

  • Application form for start-up scholarships (see box on the right).
  • Letter of motivation with application for admission to one of the three pillars of the doctoral program: Technical Change / Social Change / Economic Change
  • Working title and short project description (max. 5 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of certificates (Bachelor's and Master's degrees or licentiate)
  • Ask the person who is supervising your doctoral thesis to send a letter of recommandation to

Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing. The scholarship will be paid out to the selected doctoral candidates in two tranches.

For the definitive admission to the doctoral program, acceptance by the doctoral committee and enrollment at the University of Basel is required. After expiry of the start-up scholarship, membership in the doctoral program continues.