Brocher Foundation Visiting Researchers Residency 2020, Switzerland


February 17, 2019

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Call for visiting Researchers residency in 2020

Article 1 - Goals The Brocher Foundation offers to host Researchers residencies lasting between 1 and 3 months. Academic visitors can work at the Brocher Centre on projects regarding ethical, legal and social implications of new biomedical development. All Researchers - from PhD students to full professors - can apply to the call for proposals for visiting Researchers in 2020.


a) The residencies are awarded through a competitive process that takes place once a year.

b) The application form must be sent within the imposed timeframe, as specified on the website, which is updated on a regular basis. The candidates must complete the form and send the requested enclosures. The application form requires information about the expected dates of arrival and departure, the topic, planning and goal (e.g. thesis, article, book, etc.) of the research as well as the reasons why the Researcher intends to stay at the Centre.

c) Applicants must list two references.

d) After a residency at the Brocher Foundation, a two years delay must be respected before applying for another stay.


The Foundation decides whether to grant or refuse a residency or scholarship. The selection is made by the scientific Committee. The Foundation has not to justify its decision. We would like to emphasize that the secretariat is not abilitated to answer any requests regarding the decisions made by the scientific committee.

Length of visits

The Researchers are requested to stay for the entire period that is initially decided. The Researcher can spend a maximum of 4 working days per month abroad to participate in conferences or to conduct interviews related to the residency project. Any travel abroad will be announced and justified to the Brocher Foundation by filling the appropriate form available at the secretariat. As there is considerable competition for visits at the Brocher Foundation, it is unreasonable to leave a place unused that would readily have been accepted by another candidate. If one of those rules were not to be followed, the Brocher Foundation reserves the right to interrupt the payment of the scholarship or even terminate the residency .


a) A workshop is organised by the Foundation each month, in the first two weeks of the stay. The selected visiting Researchers are required to introduce their background and the outline of their research projects to the other visiting Researchers and some representants of international organizations, NGOs and academic institutions (15 minutes).

b) When participating in conferences, visiting Researchers must mention their position as visiting Researcher at the Brocher Foundation and use the Brocher Foundation logo in all relevant documents (conference program, powerpoint presentation). Example: Professor, University of X, Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation. 

Additional scholarships for junior Researchers

Junior Researchers applying to the “Call for visiting researchers 2020” can apply for an additional scholarship consisting of a 15.- Swiss francs per day (weekends included) in order to cover their local expenses in Geneva (lunches, public transportation, etc). The Brocher Foundation also offers to cover the Junior Researcher’s plane or train ticket in economy class to Geneva (round trip) up to a maximum amount, depending on where the visiting Researcher lives (this has no impact on the examination process): Europe up to 400.- Swiss francs North America / Latin America / Africa / Asia up to 1’500.- Swiss francs Oceania up to 2’600.- Swiss francs Due to these fixed amounts, the Brocher Foundation recommends that visiting Researchers book their travel to Geneva as early as possible. Other travel costs (including transfers to/from airport or station, taxi, visa, luggage excess, etc.) are not covered by the Foundation.

Researchers are responsible for arranging their own travel tickets before arrival. Reimbursement will be done upon arrival, in y cash, at the secretariat. To be eligible for the scholarship a Researcher should be a PhD student or should have obtained his/her PhD degree within the five years and should not be paid by his/her institution during the time spent at the Brocher Centre. The Researcher is requested to provide the Brocher Foundation with all the relevant documents from his/her institution proving his/her eligibility for the scholarship (a letter confirming that he/she will receive no income during the residency and a copy of the registration for a postgraduate course or a copy of the PhD degree). If the requested documents are not provided within the deadline, the scholarship will NOT be granted.


At the end of their stay, the Researchers shall submit an activity report to the Scientific Committee. They shall also acknowledge in any publication resulting from their Brocher residency that they have been supported by the Brocher Foundation, together with providing the website of the Foundation: In addition, they shall provide the Foundation with one copy of their work (book or article) at least one month after publication.

Visits during the stay

a) Partners can join the visiting Researcher at the rate of 40.- swiss francs per day to cover extra fees (water, gas, electricity, housekeeping, breakfast and evening meals). This is a fixed rate even if the partner does not want to attend the evening meals. In order to preserve the peace for Researchers and staff working, partners are not allowed in the Brocher Centre. Partner’s stay should be announced one month before arrival and should respect the following allotment: 1 weekend for a one month stay, 1 week for a two month stay, 2 weeks for a three month stay (weeks have to be consecutive). The villa is equipped with Wifi connection and partners are free to enjoy the villa’s common areas, and the grounds.

b) The Brocher Foundation is unfortunately not able to host families. Pets are not permitted.


It is compulsory for the Researcher to take out an insurance policy in case of illness, accidents or repatriation which could occur during their residency in Switzerland, as well as public liability insurance. 

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November 29, 2018