Welcome to the Pierre du Bois Foundation created in 2008, in accordance with the wishes of Pierre du Bois, who outlined its objectives long ago: to stimulate research in current history and to support researchers and students in this field.

Papiers d’actualité – Current Affairs in Perspective

From the Soviet-Afghan War to the Russian-Ukrainian War

New | Nouveau – No 2, February 2024

Dr. Vassily Klimentov,  SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer, History Department/Center for Eastern European Studies, University of Zurich

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Katrin Milzow Joins Executive Management of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Foundation Board Member

The Pierre du Bois Foundation is thrilled to announce that Katrin Milzow will head the SNSF’s Research Development Department. Her responsibilities will include promoting thematic and long-term research.

Learn more on the SNSF’s website

The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference 2023

The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference 2023

Conference | New – 18-19 October 2023

The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference ‘Women and Children as Sites of Intervention, Past, Present, Future’ organized by the Graduate Institute in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation took place at Maison de la Paix in Geneva from 18-19 October 2023 and was a great success. Professor Nicole Bourbonnais organized the conference. More information will follow shortly.

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2023 Pierre du Bois Prize

Amal Shahid won the Pierre du Bois Prize for her thesis

New | Graduation Ceremony -September, 2023

Amal Shahid’s PhD dissertation ‘The Political Economy of Famine Relief: Labour, Colonialism, and Public Works in

the North-Western Provinces of India, c. 1860-1920′  won the annual Pierre du Bois Prize awarded annually to the best doctoral thesis.

Learn more about the award-winning thesis