Summer Schools, Study Trips, Joint Seminars

The application deadline for the call of the academic year 2019/2020 has expired. The application window for the next call will open on 1 December 2019.

About the Grant

The cooperation awards grants for joint summer schools, study trips (group field trips), and seminars co-organized by UZH and Iranian institutions of higher education. 

Funding criteria:

  • Projects need to be co-organized by members of UZH and members of a Iranian institution of higher education
  • Minimum duration for summer schools and seminars for BA- and MA-students: 10 days
  • Minimum duration for summer schools and seminars for PhD-students: 5 days
  • Minimum number of participants for summer schools and seminars:
    • min. one professor/lecturer from each participating institution
    • min. three students from each participating institution
  • Potential for long-term collaboration


  • Maximum grant per application: CHF 15'000

Applications can be submitted for reimbursement of the following costs:

  • Travel costs of students and lecturers (economy class flight up to CHF 800 per person, accommodation at a hostel or medium-priced hotel)
  • Material costs / consumables / catering costs up to CHF 1000 (please specify in budget)

Please note:

  • The grant does NOT cover salaries or overhead-costs
  • The grant only covers travel costs of students and employees of UZH and the Iranian partner institution


Applications must be submitted by UZH professors.
The following information must be submitted with the completed application form (DOCX, 70 KB):

  • Complete CVs in tabular form of all persons heading the summer school or seminar
  • Professional and personal motivation letter to carry out the intended activity by the two main organizers (UZH project leader and project leader from Iranian partner institution)
  • Invitation letter from a full professor of the institution where the activity takes place
  • Detailed budget, showing clearly the financial contribution by the UZH institute and by the partner institution
  • Project description (2-4 pages) including:
    • Topic relevance and sustainability of the activity
    • Objectives and potential results
    • Program overview
    • Target group (BA-/MA-/PhD-students, other)
    • Information about the participants (estimation of number of students and staff members at UZH and the partner institution)
    • Reason for choosing the partner institution and/or persons involved
    • Description of past or existing research collaboration between UZH and the Iranian partner institution, if any
    • Potential follow-up activities


  • Submission deadline: 1 August 2019
  • The decision on funding is made in October 2019
  • Earliest starting date of the activity: 1 February 2020
  • Projects must be completed at the latest by 30 April 2021
  • The final report must be submitted within six weeks after completion of the project

Final Report and Billing

The grant will be paid in two installements to a UZH account. The first installment of 50% of the awarded grant will be paid at least one months before the start of the activity. Within six weeks after completion of the funded activity, the UZH project leader needs to submit a final report and a statement of expenses to the Coordination Center. The second installement of the grant will be paid after receipt of the final report.