The University of St. Gallen offers ten scholarships to its two-week Empirical Research Methods Symposia in Switzerland, for doctoral students currently studying at GBSN member schools in Afghanistan and Africa. These GBSN scholars receive tuition and lodging during an invigorating week of honing their research skills with leading faculty.

The application portal for the 2018 Global School of Empirical Research Methods is now closed. Stay tuned for next year’s scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship for High Potentials from Developing Countries

The University of St. Gallen is offering 10 scholarships to doctoral students enrolled at GBSN member schools in Afghanistan and in Africa to the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) in Switzerland. The scholarships are only for courses in the main period (June 2018).

The GSERM is a high-calibre integrated program teaching methodology for PhD students and postdocs from leading universities all over the world. The GSERM offers an attractive course-based learning atmosphere on different aspects of empirical research. GSERM is structured in different modules. Participants select one course per week as these courses are taught concurrently.

The scholarship covers tuition and accommodation fees for up to two consequent weeks. Applicants can choose one session, or two sessions (Session I and II or Session II and III), and indicate the selected courses for each session(s) in their application. To view the course offered, please visit (http://www.gserm.ch/stgallen/). The scholarship will cover the cost of the course(s) and accommodation costs. Applicants will need to cover all other costs (flight, visa, living expenses, insurances, etc.).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled PhD students at GBSN member schools in Afghanistan and Africa
  • Not older than 35 years, younger applicants will be preferred
  • Convincing motivation letter

Please only apply if you can afford travel and living expenses as well as costs for visa and insurances.

Application Documents
In order for your application to be successful, you must submit all necessary application documents, demonstrate excellent command of the language of instruction (English), and meet all the requirements specified in the course description.

  • Detailed CV
  • Last transcript or diploma
  • Motivation letter
  • Color copy of your passport
  • Application Form

How to Apply

The application portal is now closed.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee at the University of St. Gallen. Only fully completed applications will be reviewed. Please email applications to nzefran@gbsn.org with “GSERM SCHOLARSHIP PhD” in the subject heading. 

DO NOT SUBMIT A SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION THROUGH THE GSERM WEBSITE. 

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Course Structure

GSERM is structured in different modules. Participants select one course per week as these courses are taught concurrently.

GSERM courses are awarded 4 ECTS credits if exams/homework are successfully passed.

GSERM courses are divided into different levels: basic, intermediate, advanced and research. Please pay careful attention to indicated levels in the course directory. Courses on research level (PEF-courses) are especially designed for PhD students in Economics with substantial background in quantitative methods.

If you successfully pass the exam you will receive an official University of St. Gallen transcript about 10 weeks after the exam. If you do not take the exam you may send GSERM a request for a participation certificate.

Workshop lectures (only at GSERM St. Gallen)
As a special service to GSERM participants, they offer 3 new workshop lectures free of charge. The attendance of all 3 courses (Regression, Applied Maths / Statistics with R) is possible as they are taught in the morning, afternoon and late afternoon. Workshop lectures can be selected optionally, but only in combination with at least one regular GSERM course.

About the University of St. Gallen

More than 1000 years of history in one place: The city of St. Gallen, metropolis of eastern Switzerland and the region uniquely combines culture and nature. The “Abbey District” with the Cathedral and the world famous library reflects the thousand year old culture of the monastery district in an impressive way and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983.

As a university town, St.Gallen has an excellent reputation and theatre, concerts, museums and the culture center Lokremise offers an attractive program. Leaving the city limits on foot, by train or by bus, you will find yourself within a few minutes in nature. Walks from Lake Constance to the highest mountain in eastern Switzerland, the Säntis at 2500 m elevation or in Appenzell with its original nature and can be beautifully finished with a hash brown meal.

GSERM Scholarship Student Testimonials

If you need a mind shift on how to approach research, GSERM is the way to go!Tecla Chelagat, Strathmore Business School, Kenya (Summer 2017 Scholarship Student)