Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

About SERI

State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation is responsible for funding, performance, legislation, and strategic management in national and international matters concerning education, research, and innovation policy.

SERI functions to establish a strategic overview of the Swiss education, research, and innovation system and preparing federal performance and resource plans.SERI is mandated to safeguarding the high quality of teaching and research at higher education institutions

The organization fosters a broad and diverse range of education opportunities, ensuring that academic and vocational, and professional pathways remain fully equivalent and compatible with one another.

Requirements for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

a) Candidate profile
b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

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 Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (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.

Candidates for the University Scholarships must;

  • hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
  • be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
  • contact the institution and/or the professor supervising their period of research. Universities may request supplementary information and/or set certain additional conditions to determine whether or not you qualify for admission.
  • be under the age of 35 (born on or after 1 January 1977).
  • be suitably proficient in the language of instruction (French, German, Italian or English) in order to draw full benefit from their studies in Switzerland.

How to Apply for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

To apply for the ongoing Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships is not as difficult as you think. All Interested and qualified candidates are to click on the “Apply Now” button below to get started

Application Deadline

It should be noted that all Interested and qualified candidates are to apply for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships on or before November 30, 2021