Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars

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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists (Fully Funded)

Deadline: Various

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).

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

Types of scholarship

  • The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.
  • Art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

Benefits

General Benefits

  • 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 program);-Special CHF 300 (around EUR 269.75);
  • housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the program);
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card;Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Ph.D. Scholarships

-The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1’920 (around EUR 1726.46);

Postdoctoral scholarships:

-The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 3’500 (around 3147.19);

Research scholarships

-The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920 (around EUR 1726.46);

Fine Arts

-The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920 (around EUR 1726.46);

Eligibility

General Requirements

-Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the program in September are not eligible.
-Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Master’s programme.
-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.
-English Language Requirements: 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.

Ph.D. Criteria

-Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognised by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the program next September. As a 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 PhD thesis. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
-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.

Postdoctoral Criteria

-PhD degree
-No more than five years may have passed between the award of the Ph.D. and the application deadline.
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the program in September are not eligible.
-Applicants must provide a letter (or email) from a professor at the Swiss host institution stating that they are willing and entitled to supervise the postdoctoral research. Without such confirmation, the application will be rejected.
-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).

Research Criteria

-Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognised by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the program next September. As a proof the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for programmes before the start of the program.
-Applicants must be born after 31 December 1983

Fine Arts Criteria

-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
-Applicants must be born after 31 December 1983.
-Applicants should start their scholarship no later than three years after graduating with their Bachelor’s degree.

Application

Application opening dates and deadlines are different for each country, applications normally open early August

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