Scholarship Description:

Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission, offers excellence scholarships for foreign scholars and artists in Switzerland. The studentships are available for pursuing Ph.D, postdoctoral, research programs and fine arts at one of the public-funded universities or recognized institution.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for programmes for Foreign Students (FCS).

Course Level: Ph.D., postdoctoral, research programs
Application Deadline: Varies from country to country: September-December

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Eligibility criteria:

  • International applicants are eligible to apply.
  • The studentships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.
  • The studentships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs and fine arts opportunities are for the Master program (according to the ECTS credits).
  • PhD Criteria

  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognized by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the program next September. As proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for programmes before the start of the program.
  • Applicant’s date of birth after 31 December 1983.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the program in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the Ph.D. thesis. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centerpiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Ph.D. studies/ research.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.
  • Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.