The Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) is a programme aiming at supporting and promoting human and social sciences in the South Caucasus. Among its various components, the ASCN contains a grants programme. The ASCN offers short-term grants (one week for participation in a conference; one to three month for research visits) to scholars from Georgia and Armenia who have a strong scientific potential in the above- mentioned disciplines and the desire to make a career in the academic world. Applicants must be residing in Georgia or Armenia.
The ASCN programme is supported by GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG. It is run and coordinated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe of the University of Fribourg (IICEE).
The ASCN short-term grants offer grantees the opportunity to come to Switzerland for a period of one week to three months in order to participate in conferences, extend their academic network and gain added-value to their scientific work. Grants are especially foreseen to work on a research project, to establish or strengthen contacts withSwitzerland-based scholars, initiate scientific cooperation or attend conferences. Grants lasting more than 8 days are restricted to visitors to the University of Fribourg.
Visa costs are refunded based on receipts.
Flight ticket: the grant recipient pays the ticket himself if he can advance the amount. Should he not be in a position to advance the amount, the ASCN programme will organise the flight or transfer the amount provided a copy of the invoice is sent.
Transport in Switzerland: the costs of transfer from any Swiss airport to the city of Fribourg or another city where the grant recipient is staying are paid by the ASCN programme. Return ticket to the airport is also covered. Only 2nd class tickets are refunded. If the grant period is not commenced or is prematurely ended before the approved duration has expired, funds that have already been transferred must be repaid in full, or, as agreed upon, based on a proportionate rate. The grant recipient is personally responsible for his/her own health and accident insurance during this research trip. Should the grant be subject to taxation in the recipient’s country of origin, the scholar is personally responsible for ensuring payment.
Daily allowances are paid either in cash in Fribourg by the ASCN Programme Management or via a bank transfer onto the grant recipient’s bank account before his/her arrival. The decision on the procedure is made by the ASCN management.
Swiss law applies for this grants programme. Fribourg (Switzerland) is the exclusive jurisdiction in connection with this programme.