August 19, 2018

Swiss Government Scholarships for International Students

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

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

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 Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: Varies from country to country: September-December
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs and fine arts scholarships are for the Master program (according to the ECTS credits).
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.
  • Scholarship Award: Scholarships will comprise of:PhD Scholarships
    • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1’920.
    • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
    • There are no family allowances.
    • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
    • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
    • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
    • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.
    • PhD scholarship holders may request a supplementary allowance for fieldwork. For fieldtrips lasting longer than 2 months the scholarship amount will be reduced to 50%.

    Postdoctoral scholarships:

    • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 3’500.
    • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
    • There are no family allowances.
    • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
    • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
    • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
    • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

    Research scholarships

    • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
    • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
    • There are no family allowances.
    • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
    • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
    • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
    • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.
  • Number of Scholarships: Various scholarships are available.
  • Nationality: International Students
  • Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: International applicants are eligible to apply.

To Apply

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