Doc.CH in the humanities and social sciences: the SNSF awards 24 grants


Twenty-four young researchers were chosen in July by the SNSF as beneficiaries of a Doc.CH grant, a funding scheme aimed at researchers who wish to write a doctoral thesis in the humanities and social sciences.

By 10 March 2017, the 9th submission deadline for Doc.CH, 85 applications had been submitted (humanities: 55; social sciences: 30). The Research Commissions of the SNSF recommended 37 candidates for the second phase. These candidates were invited to present their project during an interview at the SNSF.

In July 2017, the SNSF awarded 24 grants (17 in the humanities and 7 in the social sciences). The grantees will work at seven Swiss universities. The distribution according to gender is as follows: 75% women and 25% men. The average duration of the grants is 39 months (Doc.CH grants can last for 2 to 4 years).

The SNSF increased its support for doctoral students by initiating Doc.CH in 2013. This scheme allows promising researchers to apply for a grant to conduct a doctoral thesis on a self-chosen subject in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland.

The next submission deadline is 10 September 2017.


Daniel Sebastiani