Pierre du Bois Scholarships

    For each academic year two scholarships will be offered to students from Latin America studying for a PhD in the Institute’s International History and Politics programme.
    Professor Pierre du Bois passed away suddenly in June 2007 after having taught for 15 years at the Graduate Institute of International Studies. A specialist of European integration and contemporary international relations, he is remembered as an extremely likeable person and a unanimously appreciated faculty member.
    The scholarships are awarded within the framework of the Pierre du Bois Foundation, which aims at encouraging and sustaining research on European as well as global current history.


    1. The Institute awards entrance scholarships and in-course scholarships. In-course
    scholarships are only awarded to students respecting the deadlines set out by the Institute Regulations for their study programme.
    1. Scholarships are awarded or renewed on the basis of academic achievement, and take account of financial need (except in the case of tuition scholarships).
    2. Candidates who receive financial assistance from another source, which exceeds the cumulative amount provided for in Article 8, are not eligible for a full Institute scholarship.
    3. Students holding a teaching assistant position at the Institute or the University of Geneva are not eligible for an Institute scholarship.
    4. Scholarship holders wishing to accept gainful employment during the academic year are required to choose between this employment and the full scholarship. They may accept both concurrently provided the total amount received does not exceed by more than 10,000.- Swiss francs the amount of the full scholarship.
    5. Only candidates to the Graduate Institute’s regular Master and PhD programmes are eligible to apply
    6. Scholarship allocation is based on academic merit and financial needs
    7. Merit is evaluated through the application for admission. Financial needs are assessed by reviewing the applicant’s sources of income and asset information.
    8. Scholarships are awarded for one year, their renewal is not automatic and will depend on the review of all applications submitted to the Scholarship Committee the following year.

    To apply for the renewal of a full scholarship, Master’s students must have achieved a grade point average of at least 4.75 per semester or academic year in their first year of study. For PhD students, eligibility will depend on the student making good progress in his/her research, duly confirmed by the respective thesis director.


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    The successful scholarship holders will be exempt from tuition fees and will each receive CHF 20,000 to cover living expenses.

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