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Visitor Researcher Program, VRP

Program Period: 3 - 12 Month

 Basel, Switzerland



The main aim of the 3-12 Month Visitor Research Program is to improve or refresh the academic research skills of the researchers and prepare them to future educational or professional life.

Participating as Visitor Researcher in our visitor research program will help you to apply PhD programs, to join various institutions as professional researcher (Parliament, Research Centres, Think Tank Institutions, Universities, Various States organisations) or trainer.

Till the January 2019 IPD hosted 12 researchers from Nigeria, Costa Rica, Switzerland, USA, Cameroon, Thailand, China, Nepal, Canada, Mexica, Kyrgyzstan and Columbia. As a part of Visitor Research Program 6 of the researchers already wrote following valuable assignments:


1. Research Assignment named “Towards a More Lasting Peace between Human Beings” by Ewane D.R. from Cameroon, 2018

2. Research Assignment named “Separatist Movements in South-East Asia” by Mr. M. Giles from Australia, 2016

3. Research Assignment named “Conflict Over Natural Resources: A Case Study of Ogoni People of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria” by L. Akin Aladesua from Nigeria, 2016

4. Research Assignment named “Review of interventions to reduce health vulnerability and improve access to healthcare for undocumented migrants in Europe” by Ms. S. Karymbaeva from Kyrgyzistan, 2016

5. Research Assignment named “Applying Non-violence and interdisciplinary approach into Security Operation: an example of conflict transformation in Refugee Affairs and Border Security in Thailand” by Mr. W. Chotirosseranee from Thailand, 2015

6. Research Assignment named “The Post-2011 Process of Peace Negotiation in Yemen and the Role of Mediation by the United Nations” by Mr. C. Meijer from Switzerland, 2015

Thanks to our partner institutions in Switzerland together with our researchers we visited below stated various Swiss based governmental, public, private and academic institutions.


1. CSS, Center for Security Studies - ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland

2. Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution in Basel, Switzerland

3. UNHCR, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland

4. ICRC, International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland

5. Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland

6. World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland

7. UN Global Compact, Global Compact Network Switzerland in Zurich, Switzerland

8. Basel Peace Office in Basel, Switzerland

9. Mr. Markus Hess: Lecturer and Mediator at Hochschule Luzern

10. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR in Geneva, Switzerland

11. Docip, Center for Documentation, Research and Information in Geneva, Switzerland

12. World Health Organization, WHO in Geneva, Switzerland

13. Aids-Hilfe Schweiz in Zurich, Switzerland

14. Biovision Stiftung für Ökologische Entwicklung in Zurich, Switzerland

15. Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in Geneva, Switzerland

16. Le Centre de conseils et d’appui pour les jeunes en matière de droits de l’homme (Codap) in Geneva, Switzerland

17. Economic Development Office of Baselland Kanton in Baselland, Switzerland

18. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Geneva, Switzerland


Visitor Research Program participants will write research assignment (at least 5 pages) together with support and guide of Academic Supervisor in one of the following themes:

- Peacebuilding

- Mediation, Coaching and Mentoring

- Conflict Resolution and Management

- Security, International Relations and Diplomacy

- Intercultural dialogue

- Human Rights and International Law

- Leadership and Management


If researchers wish to join one of the IPD academic training and conferences, then s/he should fill and apply relevant application program before the application deadline.

Distant participation of researcher is also possible if researcher wish to stay in home city or country.



A broad range of the interested participants (Age: 20+) from all over the world countries such as mentioned in below can apply to the Visitor Research Program:

 - Representatives of Government Institutions, Diplomatic Missions and Courts

- Representatives of Business Institutions and Private Sector

- Representatives of Religious Organizations and Political Parties

- Representatives of IOs, INGOs and Local NGOs

- Representatives of Universities and Academic Staff

- Representatives of Media Institution

- Mediators, Peacebuilders, Researchers & Students

- Other relevant individuals



- 6500EUR for 3 Month period with accommodation or 3500EUR without accommodation

- 11000EUR for 6 Month period with accommodation or 5500EUR without accommodation

- 17000EUR for 12 Month period with accommodation or 7500EUR without accommodation



 - Single Room Accommodation stay in Hostel or Flat

- Stationary Materials (File, notebook and pen)

- WiFi Free Internet Connection

- Academic Supervisor fee

- Local travel expenses to visit 2-4 Swiss Institutions

- Program fee

- Certificate



- Extra Accommodation nights

- Meal expenses

- International and local travel expenses

- Visa and insurance expenses

- Extra persons`(family members, relatives, friends, colleagues and etc.) expenses



IPD offers several type of scholarship support to reduction the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties.

If you wish to request discounted participation fee amount, please write your request briefly via email before or during the application submission period.

Unfortunately IPD scholarship program do not cover all the participation fee amount and international travel expenses.



1. The researcher submits a filled application in WORD format with a CV and scanned passport page

2. The researcher will receive a signed invoice to start the payment of the requested participation fee amount

3. When the requested fee has been transferred to the bank account provided, the participant will receive an invitation letter via email. If visa application process is required, we will send the invitation letter by post and also to the relevant embassy by email.


There haven`t any deadline for application submission and researchers can select any desired starting and end time period for research stay.

But we strongly advice to the researchers to submit the filled application at least 2 month in advance for visa application process and looking for suitable accommodation.  



Beneficiary`s Name: Institut für Frieden und Dialog (IPD)

Bank Name: PostFinance Ltd                                                           

Bank Address: Mingerstrasse 20, 3030 Bern, Switzerland                            

Account number: 91-577724-2 EUR                         

IBAN: CH 27 0900 0000 9157 7724 2                    





Please note that after submission of the application in any case of the participation and accommodation cancellation till the beginning of Visitor Research Program, there will be 50% cancellation fee amount of paid fee + bank transfer and exchange rates costs will be extra charge.

Participation and accommodation cancellation after beginning of the Visitor Research Program, there will be no refund.



Visitor Researchers will be accommodated in one of the Hostel, Hotel or Flat in Single room in Basel city.



Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD is one of the leading organiser of several successful international academic trainings and research programs in Switzerland in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, mediation, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights which these events bring together state, private and public sector representatives.

IPD dedicates itself to the promotion of prevention of potential conflicts between and within states, companies and communities by strengthening institutional dialogue, mediation and academic education with the participation of civil societies, INGOs, business and state institutions. To achieve its purposes, IPD providing its beneficiaries with academic-scientific programs (Winter, Summer & Autumn Academies, seminars, conferences, forums and exhibitions), educational materials and carrying out mediation initiatives.

IPD invites state institutions, companies, INGOs, think tank centres, researchers, media and interested public actors for the cooperation and implementation of creative, innovative, effective and sustainable initiatives for the sake of empowering constructive intercultural dialogue, good global governance, responsible leadership, peaceful conflict transformation, active world citizenship, human security and welfare via mediation and non-violence methods.



We all know that organizing such kind of international academic programs is quite expensive and very hard to implement with limited financial sources. So to help us in this matter, we invite State Institutions, Foundations, Private Sector, Universities, Public Sector and Individual Philanthropists to be Sponsor of IPD activities..

Your Sponsorship will help institutional development of academic education, particularly will be helpful to support financially in form of scholarships to most of the motivated and needed participants (students, participants from the developing countries, participants of the local organisations and etc.), whose people would like to positively change the situation in their country, build more peaceful environment and pave the way for a better future in the society where they live.

We believe as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Philanthropy policy of your Institution, you will be opportunity to be Sponsor of one of the IPD program.

Each of the sponsor`s name will be publish in the promotional materials of the event and we will place the banner of the sponsor in the entrance of the conference room. We could also put separate table for Sponsor to promote its products during the event.

Depends from the financial support amount, we could prepare special event bags, pens, cups, umbrella, package, folder, cap, T-shirt, USB sticks and etc. with logo and name of the Sponsor.


Sponsorship for IPD Academic Program Activities

- To be Diamond Sponsor: 50000EUR and above   

- To be Platinum Sponsor: 35000EUR and above           

- To be Gold Sponsor: 20000EUR and above                                  

- To be Silver Sponsor: 10000EUR and above                 

- To be Bronze Sponsor: 5000EUR and above 

- To be Individual Sponsor: 500EUR and above 


To be Sponsor of VRP  please visit IPD web page Sponsorship section to fill the application form to start your Donation step by step. http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/Sponsorship-Donation/


Contact person for any questions:

Mr. Fakhrinur Huseynli


Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD

Address; Hegenheimerstrasse 175, 4055 Basel, Switzerland

Cell number: +41 76 431 61 70

E: fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch



We are looking forward to see you in Switzerland!