The centre of excellence for parliamentarianism is part of the Parliamentary Library; it supports students and scholars in research on parliamentarianism, and offers funding opportunities for research.
1. General Information about the Parliamentary Library
The Parliamentary Library is a centre of excellence for parliamentarianism. This is where students and researchers will find support in accessing sources and literature. The Parliamentary Library is also involved in funding scholarly work that relates to the history of the Swiss Parliament or to parliamentarianism. A significant part of the Parliamentary Library’s collection of sources and literature consists of documents and materials relating to the Swiss Federal Assembly. The collection is supplemented by selected publications on foreign parliaments and international parliamentary assemblies. Some items in the source and literature collection are only accessible in the Parliamentary Library, while others can be accessed in institutions such as the Federal Archives (records) or the National Library (literature). The staff of the Parliamentary Library and Parliamentary Services are familiar with the material available on parliamentarianism and support students and researchers by helping them find what they need for their research and by sharing existing knowledge on parliamentarianism.
Since 2012, the management of the Parliamentary Library has coordinated this support for students and researchers. The aim is to make the centre of excellence a point of contact for academics and members of the public who are interested in the Parliamentary Library’s collection of sources and literature. And not simply historical sources: the centre of excellence will also arrange contacts with members of the Parliamentary Services. The centre will help foster scholarly work about the Swiss Parliament and expand existing knowledge on parliamentary history. It aims to build on existing cooperation with individual universities in Switzerland.
2. Part-Funding of Scholarly Work
The part-funding of scholarly work is another way to support the research activities of students and researchers.
The Parliamentary Library can organise part-funding for scholarly work which relates to the history of Swiss Parliament or to parliamentarianism. In return, the research results and source materials obtained in the course of the scholarly work are made available to the Parliamentary Library as far as possible.
Students and researchers can submit their proposals to the Parliamentary Library.
Decision on Part-Funding of Scholarly Work
The management of the Parliamentary Library examines the proposals for scholarly work and makes a decision on funding after consulting the Secretary General of the Federal Assembly. The main criteria for granting part-funding are scientific relevance and topicality of the research.
The management of the Parliamentary Library checks that the formal, personal and academic requirements have been met. It does not provide any information until the selection procedure is completed and the decision has been communicated in writing. Applicants are informed of the decision within 6 weeks of submitting their proposal.
Applicants who are awarded funding will receive the following information:
- Payment modalities
- Any conditions that remain to be fulfilled before starting the work
- Timetable for the studies and the interim report
N.B.: Access to the Parliamentary Library and the collection of sources and literature is not dependent on co-funding. Workstations in the Parliamentary Library are available on request to anyone conducting research in the field of parliamentarianism.
Submitting a Proposal
To apply for financing, you need to complete and send the pdf form (available on the Parliamentary Library’s website) in an email to the Parliamentary Library.
Requests for co-funding of scholarly work on parliamentarianism can be submitted at the end of March and at the end of August.
The following documents must be attached to the duly completed form:
- Application form (available on the Parliamentary Library’s website)
- Curriculum vitae (max. two A4 pages)
- List of previous scholarly work
- Proposal with project description
The documents can be submitted in French, German, Italian or English.
Content of the Proposal
The proposal describes the project and includes in particular:
Explains the subject of the scholarly work, placing it in a broad perspective.
In addition to subject, objective and sources, provides a description of the methodological basis.
Should not exceed 10 pages (40,000 characters), with font size of at least 11 and line spacing of 1.5.
|2. Timetable and subgoals||Timetable and intermediate targets to be included in the proposal.
|3. Results||List of the expected results of your work and how they will affect research and teaching. Please also indicate in what form, if any, you plan to publish the results.|
|4. Part-funding||Arguments for the amount you need to conduct your research and reasons why we should co-finance your work.|
2.2 Terms and Conditions
The scholarly work must be started within 6 months after the contract is signed. The agreed amount will be paid as follows:
- 10 % as a down payment to cover travel expenses and other running costs
- Final payment after submission of the completed work
In the course of their research work, students and researchers are expected to write an interim report and submit it to the management of the Parliamentary Library. The interim report should not exceed 10 A4 pages and sets out the initial results and intermediate targets achieved.
If the delivery deadline cannot be met for good cause, a request for a cost-neutral extension can be made in writing to the Parliamentary Library.
Valorisation and Rights to Research Results
Intellectual property rights and copyright to research results are held by the author of the research. The Parliamentary Library does not claim any intellectual property rights to research results and publications. The Parliamentary Library will receive a specimen copy of the scholarly work and make it available on open access. Recipients of funding agree to having their work made available on open access.
All scholarly publications co-funded by the Parliamentary Library must include the following disclaimer:
«This document was produced with the support of Parliamentary Services and the Parliamentary Library. The content does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Parliamentary Services. Parliamentary Services does not assume any responsibility for the information contained herein being accurate, up-to-dated and complete.»
Communication with third parties by students and researchers is done in their own name and does not commit the Parliamentary Library as an institution.