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Swiss Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students

The Swiss Confederation on yearly basis awards Government Excellence Scholarships to foreign students to enhance the promotion of international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries across the world.  The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students as the awarding body, is saddled with the responsibility of selecting the most qualified applicants for these scholarships.

The Swiss Excellence Scholarships are targeted at harvesting the potentials of young researchers from foreign countries who have completed their Master’s degree or PhD and foreign artists who have bagged their Bachelor’s degree.

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The scholarships are of two types research scholarships and arts scholarships. The research scholarships are available and awarded to post-graduate researchers in any discipline with minimum qualification of Master’s degree and are planning to come to Switzerland for their doctoral or post-doctoral research or studies. On the other hand, art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial Master’s degree in Switzerland. However, the art scholarships are only available to students of limited number of countries.

Host institutions

Research scholarships are hosted by all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences, the two federal institutes of technology and the four research institutes in Switzerland. The art scholarships are awarded for study at any conservatory or university of the arts in Switzerland.

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Level and field of study

Doctoral and Post-doctoral studies in any field.

Target group

Foreign students from more than 180 countries. See the official website for complete list of eligible countries. Check countries A-L and countries M-Z for the lists of eligible countries.

Scholarship value and inclusion

The Swiss Excellence scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, air fare, health insurance, housing allowance, etc. Please see the country-specific fact sheets for more and exact scholarship benefits.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for research scholarships must have a minimum academic qualification of Master’s degree while applicants for arts scholarships must be with a minimum academic qualification of Bachelor’s degree. See the country-specific fact sheets for more eligibility criteria.

Selection criteria

The scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of academic and scientific merit. Applications being subjected to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and the shortlisted are thereafter assessed by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students for final decision. The Commission, composed of professors from all Swiss public universities, assesses the applications according to:

  • Candidate profile
  • Quality of the research project or artistic work
  • Synergies and potential of the candidate for future research cooperation.

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Application instructions

Applicants are required to go to the scholarship’s official website and see the country-specific fact sheets for eligibility criteria, application procedure, deadlines, and contact information specified for their various countries. Meanwhile, if you fulfill the eligibility criteria, contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin. All the necessary information concerning the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation will be provided by the diplomatic representation.

The applications are currently ongoing and the deadline is between September and December 2021, while selected candidates are to be announced latest May 2022.

See the Scholarships Official Website for more information about the Swiss Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students:



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