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Global Affairs

Incoming PhDs, Postdoctoral Researchers and Academic Guests

The University of Zurich supports PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and academic guests (visiting researcher) from abroad in their onboarding processes when coming to UZH.

Academic Guests

If you are visiting UZH as a researcher (PhD or Postdoc) while on leave from your home institution, you will most likely come/be here as an academic guest.

Information on what UZH can offer you

Doctoral Candidates (Degree Seeking)

International students holding a Master’s degree are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral program at UZH. The application procedure depends on whether you are interested in an individual doctorate or a doctoral program. Information on the various application procedures (PhD with / without employment), forms, semester fees and deadlines can be found on the following website:

Information for Doctoral Candidates

Invited Visiting Students (PhD)

Invited visiting students are enrolled as PhD candidates/postgraduates at a recognized international higher education institution and want to pursue a project (research, write a thesis etc.) at an institute at UZH. Invited visiting students can provide a letter of invitation from a researcher employed by UZH.

Information for Visiting PhD Students

Postdoctoral Researchers

If you come to the University of Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher with employment at UZH and you are not sure how to proceed on an administrative level or who you can ask for administrative support, continue on the following website:

 Information for Postdoctoral Researchers

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Foreign Scholars interested in pursuing their postgraduate studies and research in Switzerland can apply for Government Excellence Scholarships from the Swiss Government. 

Information about the program and the application

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Contact for Visiting Students and Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Alice Ragueneau
Project Officer
Global Student Experience

General Information

Check out our recommendations, guiding information and tips regarding:

Moving to Switzerland: Administration processes before and after arrival

Living in Zurich: information on public transportation, cost of living, cultural activities, etc. 

Research Funding

Are you looking for funding opportunities for your next research project, for a travel grant or for a funding option for your PhD?


The UZH Grants Office is happy to support and answer your questions.

International Dual Career Network

Spouses of new international researchers and staff who would like to continue their career after their relocation to Switzerland are encouraged to explore new professional networking opportunities.