Supporting research


The Swiss Institute of Comparative Law awards each year a certain number of van Calker scholarships with the aim of permitting Swiss and foreign researchers to pursue academic projects at the Institute in the field of comparative law, as well as foreign and international law. The length of stay is between 2 and 4 months.


These scholarships are awarded in preference to candidates who have never before had the opportunity to undertake research outside of their country of origin or who are embarking on an academic career. With regard to scholarships, at the international level, these will generally prioritise research studies which cover particular themes treated at the Institute. At the Swiss level, research in to comparative and international law in general are favoured (PDF) .

Applications for scholarships addressed to Marie-Laure Lauria must be received at the latest on the 30th of June of the year preceding the stay at the Institute. It is indispensable that candidates have a good working knowledge of at least two of the following languages: French, German, English.

For further information, please contact Marie-Laure Lauria


You are a researcher, Swiss or foreigner, and you wish to use the resources of our Library during a stay that you are organising in Lausanne. We will be happy to welcome you as an official visitor and offer you:

  • a reserved table in the library during the whole length of your stay,

  • personal contacts with the specialists of our team,

  • upon request, an official invitation letter to assist you in your administrative procedures.

If you are interested, you can register directly with means of our form.

Should you need more information, please contact Marie-Laure Lauria

Some useful links to help you organise your stay in Lausanne: