Presentation


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an independent, selective and cosmopolitan research and higher education institution dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. It offers postgraduate study programmes, produces high-level research and proposes executive education programmes to international professionals. It also provides expertise and enriches the public debate on the main challenges of today's world, in particular on issues such as trade, conflict, the environment, gender, governance, migration and health.


The Graduate Institute hosts a vibrant community of scholars committed to accomplishing its mission by

  • providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching;
  • conducting individual and collective research, to the largest extent possible with competitive funding;
  • contributing to dialogue with international actors from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
  • participating in executive education.
Type of contracts

The Graduate Institute hires full professors, associate professors, assistant professors and adjunct professors.


Full professors are hired for an initial period of four years, and their contracts are renewed for periods of seven years. Non-renewals must be justified by serious and lasting deficiencies in accomplishing the activities listed in the terms of appointment. The position requires no less than half of full-time employment.


Associate professors are hired for an initial period of four years. The first renewal is for a period of four years, with further renewals of five years each. At the end of their first contract, associate professors may request the opening of a procedure to be promoted to full professor. The position requires no less than half of full-time employment.


Assistant professors are hired for an initial period of three years. The contract can be renewed only once, and only for a period of three years. Before the end of their second contract, assistant professors may request the opening of a procedure to be promoted to associate professor. They are employed on a full-time basis.


Adjunct professors are distinguished individuals whose main activities are outside the Graduate Institute. They are hired through a Graduate Institute call for contributions based on their expertise and skills. Their file is assessed taking into account their main professional activity and the quality of the expertise they would bring. They are hired for an initial period of three years and contracts are then renewed for four-year periods. They are employed on a part-time basis.

Recruiting process

The Graduate Institute uses two types of processes: the international competition and the appointment by invitation.


The international competition is used to recruit full professors, associate professors and assistant professors. The initial assessment of the applications is made by a selection committee composed of professors. From these applications, the Board of Professors is presented with a short list of candidates, who are then invited for a presentation and interview. A student committee and external expert committee also participate in the evaluation of the shortlisted candidates. The Board of Professors issues a notice based on the three committees’ reports, and the Graduate Institute director forwards his recommendation, along with the notice, to the Foundation Board, which decides on the hiring.


The appointment by invitation is used to recruit full professors and adjunct professors when the Graduate Institute intends to collaborate with a distinguished academic of international reputation or, exceptionally, with a distinguished academic whose contribution to the Graduate Institute is deemed of particular interest. The individual meets a selection committee as well as a student committee. There are no external experts involved. The Board of Professors issues a notice based on the reports of the two committees. The Graduate Institute director forwards his recommendation, along with the notice, to the Foundation Board, which decides on the hiring.


Work conditions and advantages

The Graduate Institute offers attractive working conditions, an internationally competitive salary and benefits in a setting that promotes free thinking and independent research. Geneva and Switzerland provide pleasant living conditions and a safe environment.


Faculty members are required to be affiliated with the Canton of Geneva’s pension fund. The financial and other conditions governing entrance into to this pension fund are determined on a case-by-case basis depending on age and salary. The financial contribution of the employee is approximately 9% of the monthly salary (deducted ten times annually).


The Graduate Institute offers the following relocation benefits:

  • The reimbursement of moving and travel expenses
  • The services of a relocation agency to help find housing and to answer all questions related to moving to Switzerland (insurance, pension fund, schools for children, etc.)
  • The opportunity to take French courses.