Published on September 1, 2020 | Updated on November 2, 2020

Site visits and joint activities of doctoral groups 2020-2021

Closed call

The Arqus European University Alliance brings together the universities of Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padova and Vilnius. The principal ambition of the Arqus Alliance is to act jointly as a laboratory for institutional learning from which to move forward in the design, testing and implementation of an innovative model for deep inter-university cooperation.


Doctoral groups are invited to apply for site visits and joint activities together with their selected partner(s) from the Arqus Alliance. Site visits/networking activities serve the purpose of initiating future joint projects (third-party funded project applications, summer schools, etc.). Joint activities are for example research seminars and workshops addressing innovative methodologies and theories.

Eligible are doctoral groups with a common research topic that offer a structured training programme for their doctoral candidates.

Grant applicants must be part of at least one of the following universities: Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne and École normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS).


Arqus provides travel grants (incl. accommodation for a 3–5 days stay) for 3 to 5 doctoral candidates plus 1 to 2 senior researcher/s per doctoral group (max. 7,000€ per doctoral group).

The funding can be either used for a site visit/joint activity of a UdL doctoral group at one of the Arqus partner universities or for an invitation for a site visit/joint activity of a doctoral group from one of the Arqus partner universities at UdL.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cancer Research
  • Changing Societies
  • Digital Humanities
  • European Cultural Heritage
  • Global Change/Climate Change/Biodiversity
  • Healthy Aging
  • Human Brain
  • Surface Science/Smart Materials

Additionally, applications by doctoral groups from other research areas with substantial overlap within the Arqus alliance are welcome.