International Labour Organization Seed Grants for Masters and PhD Students in Switzerland 2021

The International Labour Organization invites applications for the Seed Grants for Masters and PhD Student Researchers in Switzerland for the 2021/22 academic year.

The seed grant is intended to help researchers develop novel studies to fill knowledge gaps and produce research suitable for publication in academic journals or reports through reputable policy research institutes. However, the intended goal of the grant-funded research is to reach beyond the research community to inform policy.

It is the intention that the grants will also serve as a beacon to draw new scholarship and talent into the growing network of specialists and interdisciplinary collaborators. The focus is on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking studies.

Worth of Award

The International Labour Organization Seed Grants will provide up to a maximum of US$10,000 each for a period of 9 months.


  • Applications are particularly welcomed from qualified candidates from the Global South, female, and underrepresented populations in the research community.
  • However, the principal applicant must either have a PhD degree or enrolled in a PhD or master’s program.
  • S/he must also be affiliated to an eligible host organization, i.e. a university or Research Institute.
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How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application form in English and send the following documents in one PDF document to [email protected] The subject title should be “RTA seed grant application, [Last name], [first name]”.

The complete package must include a
cover letter summarizing the applicant(s)’ experience and motivations;
• detailed Curriculum Vitae including a list of publication (if any) for each applicant;
• research proposal of 3-5 pages specifying the objectives of the work, the methodology and its relevance in the field of child labour, forced labour or human trafficking;
recommendation letter from the proposed supervisor (not required for senior researchers);
• Proof of enrolment or affiliation to the university or research institution.

Research proposal components

• Abstract: 250 words
• Clearly state the problem/importance of research/research question
• Detailed description of proposed research methodology
• (For junior researchers): List advisor(s) and provide a short description of their experience in the area of research.

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For senior researchers

  • Describe how the research would fit into the program of work at the research institute.
  • Develop a timeline for research completion within 9 months.
  • A budget proposal and description for the proposed expenses.

Deadline: Application deadline: April 16, 2021, 16h (GMT + 1/in Geneva).

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