COFIT (COFUND International Trade)

Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality and field of research. To encourage their movement across borders, Marie Curie Actions offer additional funding to existing or new regional and national fellowship programmes for research training and career development. This COFUND scheme can also support and strengthen existing and new international programmes.


COFUND will support fellowship programmes for the most promising Experienced Researchers, helping them in their career development. The programmes must run an open, merit-based competition for the researchers applying, founded on international peer review. The freedom of fellows to choose a research topic and the appropriate host organisation fitting their individual needs is a key element of COFUND.


Under this umbrella the World Trade Institute (WTI) and its Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research – International Trade Regulation (NCCR) established COFUND International Trade Fellowship Programme (COFIT) offering incoming mobility and reintegration schemes to nationals from eligible countries. The COFIT programme started in 2011 and is embedded within the overall WTI/NCCR management structure. The latter is well consolidated through its experience in administering a research network comprising more than 50 resident staff and a broad array of external collaborators and partner institutions. COFIT fellowships are conceived as a purely transnational instrument, for the purpose of enhancing the international incoming mobility of the WTI/NCCR.