The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are awarded annually by the Swiss Confederation with the aim of promoting international exchange and research collaboration between Switzerland and more than 180 other countries. These scholarships are intended to support post-graduate researchers from around the world who wish to pursue research or further studies at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in Switzerland.
The research scholarship is open to individuals who have already obtained a master’s degree (or its equivalent) and who plan to conduct research or academic studies in Switzerland. Applicants can come from various academic disciplines as there are no specific restrictions on the field of study. Whether they are looking to pursue a doctoral degree or engage in post-doctoral research, eligible candidates can apply for this scholarship.
Scholarship Value: The scholarship provides a comprehensive package of benefits, which may include a monthly stipend, full exemption of tuition fees, health insurance coverage, airfare support, housing allowance, and more, as applicable.
For precise details regarding the specific scholarship benefits offered to applicants from different countries, please refer to the country-specific fact sheets available for reference. These fact sheets will provide comprehensive information on the exact benefits and support provided under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for each eligible country.
Application Deadline: Deadline varies by country, but generally 30th November. Submission to Swiss Representation is from Sept to Dec. However, be sure to check the application deadline in your own country.
Country and University of Study: One of the 10 Swiss cantonal universities, the two Swiss federal institutes of technology or public teaching and research institutes.
Level/Field of study: Doctoral or Postdoctoral Studies or Research in any discipline
Eligibility: Candidates for the University Scholarships must;
- Hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
- Be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
- Contact the institution and/or the professor supervising their period of research. Universities may request supplementary information and/or set certain additional conditions to determine whether or not you qualify for admission.
- Be under the age of 35 (born on or after 1 January 1978).
- Be suitably proficient in the language of instruction (French, German, Italian, or English) in order to draw full benefit from their studies in Switzerland.
Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.
How To Apply: To apply for the scholarship, go to the official webpage mentioned below. There, you can find fact sheets specific to your country. These sheets contain details about eligibility criteria, application process, deadlines, and contact information. If you meet the eligibility requirements, get in touch with the Swiss embassy or consulate in your home country. They will give you all the information you need, including application forms and a list of documents you’ll need to submit.
For more information, visit the official scholarship webpage.
Selection Criteria: 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 subsequently takes the final decision.
The FCS is composed of professors from all Swiss public universities. Scholarship awards are decided on the basis of academic and scientific excellence.