Travel Grants for ESEH Bern Conference – 2023

The ESEH and the Local Organising Committee of Bern 2023 will make available a limited number of grants for ESEH members who will deliver papers or present posters (as the main author) at the 2023 ESEH Conference in Bern who are unable to attend the conference without external support. These travel grants are intended for graduate students, independent scholars, and those from low-income countries.

The 2023 travel grant policy is as follows.
1) In some cases we will be able to cover the full costs associated with attending the conference, inclusive of travel expenses, accommodation,  and visa (if applicable). However, this policy is not applicable for scholars travelling to Bern from other places in Switzerland.
2) In other cases, grants are intended to encourage rather than fully subsidy of travel or accommodation i.e. costs will be only partially covered.

Both in case 1 and case 2, conference fees will not be covered. The amount granted will be payable only in person at the conference desk in Bern, upon signing a declaration that this money is used solely to attend the conference.

Since we are applying for extra funds to secure more travel grants, we will enforce a two-step procedures. Please, read carefully the following sections and make sure to follow these instructions to submit your application. Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be always able to provide each you of with individual assistance.

How to apply:
STEP 1 (by 31 October 2022):
At the time of submitting your proposal for the conference (at this link), please just indicate that you are in need of a travel grant by ticking the appropriate box. If you are part of a session submitted by someone else, you will receive an automatic email asking you to create an account as soon as possible. Please note that this account is only used for communication purpose only and not for registration for the conference. Registration will only start in January 2023 after an announcement has been made as to which proposals have been accepted for the conference.

STEP 2 (by 17 January 2023):
If you have indicated your interest in receiving a travel grant and your paper has been accepted (acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent shortly after New Year 2023), fill out the eseh2023_bern_travel grant_application form . The form has to be sent by email along with supporting documents as a single PDF file by 17 January 2023 to the following email addresses:, and

The results will be announced by mid-February 2023.

Grants for Participating in the Bern 2023 Summer School:
The calls for two summer schools to be held before the conference are open until 31 October 2022 (23:59 Bern local time). Accepted participants of the preceding ESEH Summer Schools on Commons (in Grimentz, Val d’Anniviers, Canton of Valais) and on Climate (Aeschi bei Spiez, Canton of Bern) – see the Call for Applications – will be fully reimbursed for their travel costs to Switzerland, however they will not be able to receive another travel grant.
All applicants for one of the two summer schools will be informed about their acceptance in the second half of November 2022 and will be automatically excluded from the general application process for the travel grants for the Bern conference.

ESEH Travel Grant Committee for Bern 2023
Dr Onur Inal (chair), University of Vienna, Austria
Dr Sara Pinto, University of Porto, Portugal
Prof Dr Simona Boscani Leoni, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Ulrich Koppitz, ESEH treasurer: