31 December 2019



(Fully Funded).



The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned the HES-SO as Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The mandate will last from 2017 to 2020 and its overall goal is to develop scientific collaborations between Switzerland and countries of the MENA region.

This call allows funding of approximately 26 mobility grants, subject to the number of applications received as well as compliance with the criteria for evaluation and selection.

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Mobility represents a strategic element to develop new partnerships between countries. Through the exchange of students and researchers, higher education institutions can establish new partnerships, thus enlarging their international network.

Mobility grants allows researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships, which represent the foundation of fruitful and long-lasting collaborations between institutions. Moreover, when mobility grants target young scientists, they allow to include the next generation of scientists in the collaborations making them more sustainable. The “young scientists’ mobility grant” will target:

  • Developing individual capacities (human capital).
  • Fostering scientific progress and innovation (scientific prospects).
  • Establishing or enhancing networks between young researchers (networking).

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • All scientific disciplines and research areas.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries

Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

Program Period

More than 4 weeks.

The applicant’s mobility visit should have a minimum duration of 4 weeks and the amount not more than CHF 5,000 per grant.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

For All applicants

  • Mobility grants can be awarded to young scientists who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree but no PhD yet, and with not more than 6 years of professional research experience.
  • The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research. Activities may include field work and/or an internship in relation to the applicant’s research project.
  • Host researchers must be permanently employed principal investigators at a university or research institute in their respective country.
  • The main Swiss applicant must work permanently at a Swiss federal or cantonal university, University of Applied Sciences, Teachers University, or a public research institution.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

The maximum amount for a mobility grant is 5’000 CHF.

a) Budget for Swiss scientists going abroad The Leading House will fund flights for Swiss candidates (actual cost up to CHF 1,000) and will provide a living allowance of a maximum 4,000 CHF for the entire duration of the stay. The grant can include living costs, a flat rate for travel expenses and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs.

b) The budget for a scientist from abroad in Switzerland The Leading House will fund living allowances for candidates from abroad (actual cost up to CHF 2,500 per month), while the partner institutions abroad should fund their flights.

How to Apply

Application Procedure:

The application form must be completed by the Swiss main applicant, both in the case of hosting a MENA young scientist in Switzerland or sending a Swiss scientist to countries of the MENA region.

The Swiss main applicant must be permanently employed at a Swiss federal or cantonal university, university of applied sciences or university of teachers’ education, or a public research institution.

First step: Completed application form.

Second step: Supporting/nomination letter from the supervisor at the sending institution, explaining also why an exchange with a specific scientist in the host country is planned.

Third step: Acceptance letter from the supervisor at the host institute.

Applications shall be submitted in electronic format only. Please email your full application to the Leading House MENA:

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Abd elqawy/Egypt

Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt and Samah Gacem/ Algeria
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MARJ3 Scholarships team