Resources available to PhD candidates


Would you like to get an overview of PhD studies and the academic context in the French-speaking part of Switerland?

Available as PDF or printed, these guides has been edited by the Bureaux de l’égalité des Hautes écoles universitaires de la Suisse Latine (BuLa) and appear as the more complete resource about PhD studies and the academic world in Switzerland. Highly recommended both for female and male PhD candidates!



A brochure about the conditions for a successful doctoral supervision, with with practical suggestions for doctoral candidates and their supervisors, has been published at the University of Fribourg (also available in German and in French)




Didactic and pedagogy

Do you need to improve your teaching practices?

The Teaching Support Centers are at your service!


Professional development

Are you looking for support for your career questions and professional development?

Tools and services exist on this subject!





Diversity, gender equality

Any questions about gender issues in the academic world?

Your institutions are conscious about it:

Conflict and wellbeing

Some difficulties concerning professional relationships or mental well-being?

Foreign languages

Do you wish to improve your language skills?

The Languages Centre are here for this!

Open data

Do you need to manage and share your research data?

The following units exist:

More questions ?

Here some additional resources from beyond Switzerland

The Ateliers des jours à venir provide training in the link between research and society (in English!).

The Researcher Development Framework, developed by Vitae (UK), gives a breakdown of the different skills inherent in becoming a researcher.

The mydocpro is a skills identification tool for early stage researchers (in English) was created by the ABG (Association Bernard Gregory), the CPU and the MEDEF in France.

The Individual Development Plan myIDP, provided by the journal Science, is an online skills identification and career exploration tool, for the interests of researchers especially in the STEM disciplines.

The Imagine PhD, for PhD students in humanities and social sciences (SSH), based on the same principles as the myIDP, is also an online skills identification and career exploration tool.

Thesis planners, Writing, Project and Time Management tools and more downloadable resources on the IthinkWell website. is a blog from a former CUSO PhD student (University of Fribourg) with career resources and recommendations for soft skills development.


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