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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Students

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Students awards excellent research scholarship opportunity for post-graduates looking to advance their studies in Switzerland. Whether you’re aiming for a master’s, PhD, or post-doctoral level degree, this scholarship is your golden ticket to the land of Swiss chocolate and breathtaking mountains.

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What Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Students is all about.

Swiss government scholarships are offered by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students exclusively via Switzerland’s official diplomatic representations in the applicants’ countries of origin.

Program Overview

LevelMasters, PhD, Postdoctoral
Minimum AgeNo age restrictions.
Required GPANo GPA requirements.
Eligibility CountryOpen to all countries.
GenderAll genders.
Race/EthnicityAll backgrounds accepted.
Scholarship DeadlineVaries.

Requirements for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Students

To be eligible for consideration as a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships, applicants must follow the this guideline:

(1) To have an eligible application package, each applicant wishing to undertake a research, PhD or a Postdoctoral scholarship must find a host professor in Switzerland willing to support and entitled to supervise their scholarship research project or PhD project. A specific letter of invitation must imperatively be part of the application package. This is also valid for doctoral schools (aka doctoral programmes).

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Failure to have an academic supervisor will result in the rejection of the application by the relevant national institution in the host country or by the Swiss diplomatic representation.

(2) Make sure that the prospective academic supervisor actually works in your field at a Swiss university.Be specific and furthermore make sure that you possess all of the competences required for the intended scientific collaboration. Find out, for instance, what requirements must be met in order to obtain a Master’s degree at the university in question before contacting professors.Note: Many professors receive numerous requests.Finding a professor who is willing to supervise you can be a major challenge. It can take several weeks or even months.

The FCS application for a PhD scholarship including the support letter of a prospective host professor and the application for admission by a Swiss University for a PhD study are two separate procedures.

The Scholarship is valid only for full-time research in Switzerland. It is not valid for mixed research (part time in Switzerland and part time in another country). This scholarship is not compatible with fieldtrips outside Switzerland. Therefore no possibility and no funding for fieldwork. Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.

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Eligible Academics hosts institutions

The following institutions are the approved institutions for scholarship.

  • University of Bern
  • University of Fribourg
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Lausanne
  • University of Lucerne
  • University of Neuchâtel
  • University of St. Gallen
  • University of Zurich
  • Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
  • Research Institutes of the ETH Domain (PSI; WSL; EMPA; EAWAG)
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
  • Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)
  • University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
  • Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST)
  • University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR)
  • Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Download application documents, questions? see list of contacts

Benefits of this scholarship

All scholarship holders receive a one-time lump sum of CHF 300.- with the first grant payment to help them pay part of the housing deposit.

ScholarshipsAmount.
Research scholarship 1’920.- Swiss Francs per month = 23’040.- CHF for 1 Years.
PhD scholarship:1’920.- Swiss Francs per month = 23’040.- CHF for 1 year.
Arts scholarship:1’920.- Swiss Francs per month = 23’040.- CHF for 1 year.
Postdoctoral scholarship:3’500.- Swiss Francs per month = 42’000.- CHF for 1 year.

No financial support for fieldwork or for conferences. Grant holders receive a one-year half-fare public transportation card in Switzerland.Support services organise various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours for Swiss Government Scholarship holders

Grantees from EU and EFTA member states pay for their own travel expenses to Switzerland as well as back to their country of origin.Grantees from outside the European Union and the EFTA pay for their own travel expenses to Switzerland, but Scholarship holders from non-EU and non-EFTA countries receive a return flight allowance (lump sum depending upon the country of origin) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).

How to apply Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Students

Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. The short-listed applications are then assessed by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), which takes the final decision.

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

  1. Candidate profile
  2. Quality of the research project or artistic work
  3. Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Download the Application Package (ZIP, 3 MB, 18.07.2023)

Read the Application Guidelines (PDF, 753 kB, 19.07.2023) and follow the instructions. Prepare your application and submit two complete copies to the relevant office in your country of origin according to the list of contacts (PDF, 136 kB, 05.09.2023) by the deadline.

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