SPI contributes to the cost related to the participation in field schools and training programmes in order to enable master and doctoral students to acquire specialised experience and knowledge.

The programmes must relate to topics and disciplines relevant for or associated with polar areas or remote high-altitute areas, or teach skills to be applied to research in such diciplines.

Participants should benefit from high-quality teaching, enhance their field experience and benefit from new opportunities arising from an enlarged network of international contacts.

Eligible programmes

On a yearly basis, the SPI Secretariat, together with the Science and Technology Advisory Board and the Scientific director of the institute, defines a list of eligible programmes.

Participation in other programmes suggested by the applicant is also possible, their eligibility will be assessed on a case-to-case basis. In such a case, the following criteria would be applied:

  1. International reputation
  2. Thematic relevance
  3. Existence of a credible and competitive selection process of the participants

How to benefit from SPI support?

Students have to apply for the programme through the regular process set up by the organisers of the field schools or training programme. In parallel, they have to contact the SPI Secretariat and inform it about their application. If their application is accepted by the organisers, a grant agreement has to be signed between SPI and the participant.

SPI Contribution

Grantees need to submit a budget breakdown detailing the costs of participating to the programme in order to justify the grant. Eligible costs are subscription fees and travel costs (lodging, transport, visas, etc.).

The maximum granted amount per participant should not exceed 1’500 CHF in total.

For more information, contact: secretariat.spi@epfl.ch