Swisspeace Institute Switzerland Research Fellowship [Fully Funded]

Research Fellowship at Swisspeace Institute Switzerland: Applications are invited from suitably qualified students for the Research Fellowship at the Swisspeace Institute, Basel-Switzerland. Swisspeace is a research and practice institute dedicated to advancing effective peacebuilding.

Successful applicants will be enrolled in the Mediation Program and complete a PhD at the University of Basel as part of the Swiss National Science Foundation project. The candidate will develop and conduct high-quality research on the thematic areas for the program. The program offers a fully-funded, 4-year PhD position in a unique context that combines academic research with exposure to the spheres of policy and practice.

Program Sponsor(s): Swisspeace Institute

Program to be taken in: Switzerland

Program Level: Postgraduate

Program Worth: Fully-Funded, good working conditions

Course Eligibility: Mediation-related courses


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Program Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be considered for the Research Fellowship at Swisspeace Institute Switzerland, applicants must ensure that they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have obtained a master’s degree in social sciences preferably political science, international relations, peace and conflict studies, or a related discipline.
  • Fulfilment of the requirements for a doctorate at the University of Basel with proven capacity for high level academic work.
  • Applicants must possess excellent English language skills, particularly writing and be familiar with potential case study contexts, i.e. Central Africa/Cameroon, or cases in the Middle East, Asia, or Latin America, is an asset including respective language skills, i.e. French, Arabic, or other languages.
  • Interest to conduct research on past and ongoing mediation processes.
  • Applicants must possess experience in conducting field research and of using qualitative research method, such as elite interviews or process tracing.
  • Interest in the practice of mediation and peacebuilding and in an environment where researchers and practitioners interact and benefit from synergies.

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Application Procedures for the Research Fellowship at Swisspeace Institute Switzerland


Applicants are to send in their application to jobs@swisspeace.ch mentioning ‘PhD fellow’ in the subject line. Applicants are to submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV with list of publications and names of 2 referees.
  • Sample written academic work on a relevant topic (MA thesis, seminar paper, or published article, ideally in English, alternatively in German or French).
  • One-page summary of your main topics of interest in relation to peace processes, and how you would like to contribute to the project, including reflections on methods and case studies (in English).

Application Deadline: To be Updated

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