Financial Assistance Studying in Switzerland is affordable thanks to low application and tuition fees, as well as generous government funding for Swiss universities. Living costs in Switzerland are, however, among the highest in Europe. There are four typical options for financing your Ph.D. studies in the PEF programme: 1. Research Assistant Positions Most PEF students are employed as Research Assistants at the University of St. Gallen. The roles offered are typically between 35 and 70 percent of a full-time position. This corresponds to a gross salary of around 30 to 60k Swiss Francs per year, which should cover most of your living costs. Ph.D. students often apply first to one of these positions and then apply to the PEF programme. Open positions can be found through the University of St. Gallen Job Portal. However, students are encouraged to apply to the PEF programme even if no appropriate positions are currently available. 2. ZEW Doctoral Studies Network The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has launched a new pathway for Ph.D. students: ZEW DocNet. ZEW DocNet is an international network that links ZEW with the University of St. Gallen. Those who choose the ZEW Doc-Net pathway have to apply first for admission to the PEF. Admitted students are invited to apply as early as possible for a research position in one of ZEW’s research units, at the latest at the end of the first or the beginning of the second year. Ph.D. students may then pursue their project work either partly or entirely at ZEW. Please inform us about your plans when you apply to PEF. 3. Scholarships Depending on your nationality and your research interests, there are several organisations that offer scholarships. In particular, PEF applicants might consider the following funding sources: - Doc.CH Doc.CH is an excellence funding scheme aimed at promising researchers who wish to write a dissertation in the humanities and social sciences in Switzerland. ‒ Swiss Government Scholarships for Foreign Students The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university, such as the University of St. Gallen. ‒ oikos Ph.D. Fellowship The oikos Ph.D. Fellowship Programme aims to advance entrepreneurial-driven research in the areas of sustainable management and economics. To meet this objective, the programme supports outstanding international students to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen. oikos Fellows receive a grant for three years to complete the Ph.D. courses, conduct their research, finalize their doctoral thesis and contribute to concrete sustainability projects related to oikos activities. ‒ Fulbright Program (for U.S. citizens) The U.S. Fulbright - Swiss Scholarship Program is a prestigious programme that has been active for many years, providing scholarships for Swiss students to study in the United States and for U.S. students to study in Switzerland. ‒ DAAD Doctoral Scholarship (for German citizens) The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a considerable number of scholarships for German students, including scholarships for Ph.D. students to finance their studies abroad for up to one year. For Switzerland, it requires that your research can be better realised here than at any German university. Have a look at the university's Funding Finder for additional scholarship opportunities. We highly encourage you to apply for a scholarship to finance your studies in the PEF! 4. Teaching Assistant Positions PEF students may give tutorials in undergraduate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics. Tutors teach exercises to about 25 students and possibly supervise research papers. Most of the tutorials have to be given in German, but there are some English teaching slots as well. Each year a number of teaching slots are reserved for PEF students. Please indicate your teaching interest in your PEF application. 5. External Positions Some PEF students are or have been employed at the Swiss National Bank during their studies. The Swiss National Bank pays special attention to continuing education and advanced training for employees. There are other public or private organisations in Switzerland which might be willing to support a Ph.D. in the PEF programme. Please clarify this individually. The PEF also provides support for attendance at International Conferences, Workshops, and Summer Schools.