- The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). These grants include:
- University scholarships in Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology
- Arts scholarships in schools of music and fine arts
- Scholarships for universities of applied sciences (UAS)
- These scholarships provide top class students from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland
- Any public funded Swiss university or recognized institution in Switzerland, however these vary according to the student’s country of origin.
Field of Study
- Swiss Government Scholarships are for full time postgraduate studies (pre and post doctoral Research Fellowships, or Master degrees) in one of the Swiss Universities.
- Candidates from all fields are welcome to apply for a Swiss Government scholarship, however research fellowships will be prioritized.
What does the scholarship cover?
- Details of the coverage of the scholarship vary according to the student’s country of origin
How many scholarships are given?
- A highly competitive scholarship grant, more than a thousand eligible applications are processed each year but only 1/5 of these applications are granted a scholarship.
Which countries are targeted?
- Students interested to apply for a Swiss Government Scholarship to attend a Swiss University of Applied Sciences (UAS) must come from one of the following countries:
- Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria
- Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece
- Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo
- Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands
- Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine
- Students interested to apply for a Swiss Government Scholarship to attend a music or fine arts school must be a national citizen of one of the following countries:
- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada
- China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland
- Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy
- Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia
- Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, United States of America
Am I Eligible to Apply?
To be eligible for the scholarship grant, interested applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Students with the intent to take a full time program at a Swiss University only. Note that no scholarships are provided for mixed programs, i.e. studying part of the program in Switzerland and studying part of it in another country.
- For students who will attend a UAS or a music and fine arts school, they must be national citizens of the any of the countries listed above
- Suitably proficient in the teaching language of the curriculum the student is intended to take. The medium of study can be English, German, French or Italian. Overall, research scholarships for the Master programs onwards including engineering and natural sciences studies are in English.
- The eligibility criteria vary accoring to the student’s country of origin
How to Apply – Next Steps
- The Swiss Diplomatic Representation in your home country will provide you with all the information on how the procedure works. This includes an application package that will guide you in the application process. Please get in contact with the Swiss Diplomatic Representation before contacting any other institution.
- Note that there is no online application procedure
- The scholarship always starts at the beginning of the academic year, which is from September to June.
- Each country has its own application deadline, however this is usually around October or November. Please get in contact with the Swiss Diplomatic Representation in your home country in order to know their application deadline.
How do I get more information?
Interested students may click the following links for more information:
- Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org