Apply Now - Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists in Switzerland

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Scholarship Description
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. 

The scholarship provides graduates from all fields the opportunity to pursue studies or research in Switzerland at one of the public funded universities or recognized institutions. Scholarships are awarded as Research (or University) scholarships and Arts scholarships.

Warning against fake scholarship offers using Swiss Government Scholarships (phishing)
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation issues this warning regarding false advertisements for Swiss government scholarships sent by email or on social media. Fraudsters are offering fake scholarships in an attempt to get their victims to transfer money (e.g. by claiming that this money is required for visa or social insurance costs).
The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students FCS recommends that members of the public ignore these fraudulent offers and above all do not transfer any money. The application process for a Swiss government scholarship is free of charge.

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. Only those who have already been awarded a place to study may apply. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

    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 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.
    For country-specific criteria and information, use the country links (Countries A - L / Countries M - Z) on the official site (via link below) to see what type of scholarships are offered for your country of origin. You will also find the necessary information regarding general and specific eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

    Eligible groups
    Citizens of more than 180 countries across the world (both African and Non-African). Visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete list of eligible countries.

    Participating Institutions
    All recognised / accredited tertiary-level educational institutions - ten (10) Public Universities, two (2) Federal Institutes of Technology, public teaching and research institutes and Universities of applied sciences.

    Fields of study
    All courses offered at Switzerland's higher education institutions: Applied sciences, Arts, and any other approved disciplines

    Sponsorship duration
    Scholarships are provided for the whole duration of study:
    • Research fellowships: 12 months (no extension possible)
    • PhD scholarships: 3 years maximum. (The scholarships are not automatically extended. Every request will be analyzed according to the FCS criteria as well as the academic results)
    • Postdoctorate scholarships: 12 months (with the possibility of extension for 6 month)
    Scholarship benefits
    The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, special lodging allowance, etc. See the fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.

    How to Apply
    All will be considered for The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships based on academic talent, financial need, and interest in improving their communities
    • Application is only online
    • Use the Application link provided on this website to start your application free of charge
    • Start your Application online here

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