Supporting research


Each years, the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law awards 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, foreign and international law. The length of stay is between two and four months.

These scholarships are awarded with a preference for 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, for foreign researchers, these will generally prioritise research studies which cover particular themes treated at the Institute. For Swiss researchers, research in to comparative and international law in general are favoured.

Applications for scholarships, including a CV(Europass format compulsary), a detailed research plan and a letter of recommendation must be addressed to Marie-Laure Lauria and must be received at the latest, by the 15 August of the year preceding the stay at the Institute. It is essential that candidates have a good working knowledge of at least two of the following languages: French, German, English.

Scholarship information

For further information, please contact Marie-Laure Lauria


You are a Swiss or foreign researcher, 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,

  • a personalized welcome by our Welcome Center and personal contacts with the team of legal specialists and librarians of SICL,

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

If you are interested, you can register directly by completing our form.

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

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