PhaNuSpo International Mobility Grant

- boost your PhD experience by a short-term visit in another lab abroad -

Directly collaborating with experts from another country and laboratory and even working under their supervision in their infrastructure can be very fruitful for your personal and PhD project development. You get the chance to master working outside your comfort zone and will benefit from new input, perspectives, valuable technologies as well as an extended professional network.

Guidelines for application

  • This call is open to all VDS PhaNuSpo students, and who signed the Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools.
  • Applications will be evaluated and ranked by an expert jury of PhaNuSpo PIs.
  • Application deadlines: 15 January, 15 April, 15 July and 15 October
  • Your intended stay in an international laboratory will clearly be an added value to the progress and outcome of your doctoral thesis and should optimally take place within 6 months.
  • We supply financial support for travel and accommodation costs (economy / low budget !) and only exceptionally for justified bench fees (of up to 500,00 EUR/month).
  • Salary or insurances are not funded under this scheme.

We intend to fund as many high-scored proposals as possible within the limits of the allocated budget.

Required application documents

1.) Proposal, max. 4 page and including

Cover page

  • Your name and student ID
  • Title and start of your PhD project
  • Name(s) of supervisor(s)
  • Your chosen host lab and planned period of your stay


  • Synopsis of your PhD project/results
  • Information on hosting lab: Provide evidence for the quality of the hosting lab/PI, show why the hosting lab is the best for your stay
  • Plan of how you want to accomplish what during your planned stay
  • Explanation of how you will benefit from the intended stay
  • Detailed work and budget plan

2.) CV including list of publications, conference presentations, etc. since start of your PhD

3.) Approval letter of your supervisor(s), including a statement that potential extra costs, exceeding the maximal grant of 3.000 Euro, can be covered, and

4.) Invitation letter of your prospective host, including a justification of bench fees if these are applied for.

We also encourage doctoral candidates to present their research at international conferences and workshops. To support these activities, our fellows can apply for financial support under this scheme under certain premises:

Required application documents

1.) Proposal, max. 3 pages including

Cover page

  • Your name and student ID
  • Title and start of your PhD project
  • Name(s) of your supervisor(s)
  • Conference title, date and place
  • Type (oral or poster) and title of your presentation


  • Justification of participation: motivation, added-value and benefit
  • Statement: explain why other funds (e.g. from univie/ department, third party funds of your PIs or travel grants from the congress organisation etc.) have not/are not available, or declare that other funding schemes do not cover the full amount of expenses.
  • Cost calculation

2.) Annex (optional): Abstract of presentation/book of abstract; copies of hotel/travel bookings, etc.

To be signed by applicant and supervisor(s) and submitted by email to Executive Manager.