Build an international network There are various ways to build your international network. And it doesn’t have to mean a semester at Har-prince-berk-cam. We generally advise against international travel solely for the purposes of padding your CV. Mobility should always come second to the research output; ideally it should be integrated into a research project so as to generate added research value. The end result can include international co-authorships, but such efforts are always spiritually enriching and also enhance your implicit knowledge of how advances in understanding can be achieved. Excellence Grants awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) allow you to complete part of your doctoral project abroad. The SNSF’s Mobility Fellowships and the PhD-Level Exchange at the HSG enable you to undertake a specific, months-long research stay at a university outside Switzerland. Even if the SNSF partner tariffs and allowances for children are granted, relocating with a family or partner is always a challenge. Attending conferences and congresses is much easier to arrange. Both the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) and the HSG offer financial support for this. You should adopt a highly strategic approach to planning these opportunities to network with the scientific community: check the attendance list in advance and think about who you want to talk to and about what, and who you would like to get to know. Do not skip the informal parts of the programme, especially if you know you are not so good at networking. At the end of the day, it is important to remember that international networking can also happen at your home university. Maybe there is an opportunity in your institute to organise a conference and make contact with prominent researchers.