Studies in the Arts (SINTA)

Financial Support

Financial support can be requested from the GSAH for expenses that are closely related to the PhD project.

What research purposes are supported?

The GSAH supports the following research purposes. Please note that a confirmation proving your stay is mandatory.

Research purposes

Required confirmation

Research activities in museums, archives and libraries Written confirmation from the institution (incl. length of stay)
Congress participation with an active contribution Proof of your active participation (e.g. program)
Fieldwork ( e.g. interviews) Confirmation by your first supervisor (incl. length of the stay)
Purchase of licenses, reproductions, etc. Receipt (original)

Which expenses will be reimbursed?

The GSAH will only reimburse expenses that have already been paid and upon submission of receipts and the correctly completed expense form. Following expenses will be reimbursed:

  • Rail tickets 2nd class (journeys can be credited to a GA Travelcard. Please submit a list of journeys in the expense form and calculate the costs with a Half Fare Travelcard).
  • Travel by air (will only be reimbursed if it complies with the traffic light system for university business trips)
  • Overnight stays at a maximum of CHF 150/night
  • Conference/congress fees
  • License fees
  • Reproduction costs
  • Other expenses only on request (no books, computers, instruments, food or similar)


The following documents have to be submitted electronically to  Hannah Ambühl (SINTA) :

  1. Fully completed expense form
  2. All receipts
  3. All required confirmations

The requests have to be submitted by April 15 and October 15. Reimbursement is usually made no later than two months after a submission deadline.


The funding of the Phil.-hist. Faculty cover expenses of doctoral students for fieldwork abroad. The commission supports doctoral students with a maximum of CHF 4,000. Projects financed by third-party funds are not entitled to compensation.

Deadlines: April 1 and October 1. Further information

SINTA provides funding for English-language editing of journal articles. Please send the form below by mail to

SINTA provides funding for expense contributions for artistic and creative projects related to the dissertation. Please send the form below by mail to

Students and young scientists who are currently completing their studies and do not have the financial means to focus solely on their qualification projects may apply for financial support with the Dr. Joséphine de Karman- foundation. 

Please find rules and conditions for application on the Dr. Joséphine de Karman-foundation website:

Graduates of the faculty of humanities who have finished their dissertation may apply for financial support to cover their printing costs.
Further details can be found on the website of the Karl-Jarberg foundation:

A good process of a PhD and especially the duration of the PhD are closely linked to the financing of the project. SINTA does not offer funding or jobs. However, there are several options, for example:

  • Assistant position at an institute at the Phil.Hist Faculty or HKB
  • Third-party funded position in a research project at a scientific institution
  • Personal scholarship outside of the scientific institutions
  • Employment in the non-academic professional world

Funding opportunities

For dissertation projects in the humanities and social sciences, there is the career funding instrument Doc.CH from the SNF. Further tips and tricks on funding are set out in the University of Bern's guide "Erfolgreich promovieren - Leitfaden für Doktorierende" (only in German):