Swiss Doctoral School

Travel Funding Support

Funding is available for the members of the SDS in Affective Sciences to attend scientific events organized by the doctoral program, or by other institutions.



Types of funding available to the SDS students to participate in training activities organized by the school:






in Switzerland

Train: second class, half-price fare

Taxi and parking fees are not reimbursed


and meals

Summer school (ISSAS)

Max. 180 CHF per 24h



in Geneva

Max. 90 CHF per night (breakfast included)


Max. 25 CHF per meal


Max. one meal per day for activities lasting one day only, or taking place on non-consecutive days.

For activities lasting less than four hours, meals are not reimbursed.

Tips are not reimbursed.

Travel expenses can also be reimbursed for SDS members attending the Thumos seminars, a lecture series devoted to the philosophy of emotion, endorsed by the SDS as event of particular interest to the affective sciences.

Procedure for travel expenses reimbursement:

Complete and send the “Reimbursement application” document , with the original documents for traveling and accommodation (e.g., train tickets, copy of your half-price fare card, and hotel invoice) to:

Marion Gumy
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences – Campus Biotech
9, Chemin des Mines
CH-1202 Geneva



Travel grants can be requested from the SDS Affective Sciences to attend scientific events organized outside of the SDS Affective Sciences. A call opens annually on January 1st for activities taking place in that calendar year.


  • The event is related to the affective sciences.
  • You will present your research (talk and/or poster). Exceptions to this rule should be duly justified.
  • A limited amount of money will be available for each year call. We will be able to allocate grants until we run out of funds for the ongoing call. Applications will be reviewed in a chronological order of submission.
  • You can apply for a maximum of 1’000 CHF/year (but you can apply more than once, as long as that quantity is not surpassed).
  • You can apply at any point of the year, however, we strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible and at the latest one month before the date of the event, in order to maximize your chances and to allow us to process your application in time.
  • ATTENTION: We do not guarantee that the full requested sum will be granted. It is necessary to request additional funding from other funding bodies (in this order): (1) supervisor, (2) school/ department/ university, (3) local and federal institutions (e.g.,the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, or - for those working in Geneva - the Société Académique de Genève - see other funding sources here). 
  • IMPORTANT: Please, keep in mind we do not pay lump sums, we can only reimburse approved expenses upon reception of the bills. The SDS Affective Sciences travel grants are offered as a complement to other funding when this proves insufficient or is denied.


For the application procedure, the following documents are required:

    • Grant application form
    • Program of the event
    • Proof of acceptance of talk/ poster. (--> If this is not available at the time of application, it will have to be submitted with the reimbursement application after the conference; otherwise the approved expenses will not be reimbursed)
    • A detailed budged of the required sum specifying the various expected expenses, and supporting documents (e.g., print of flight quote).
    • Proof of application to other funding sources (and their answer)


Send your application to education-cisa(at) Decisions will be notified by email.

After the event submit your application for reimbursement with all original bills (contact Marion.Gumy(at) for details on this procedure).