Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2023/2024 [Fully-Funded]

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the academic year 2023/2024 is open for applications. Each year, the Swiss government awards hundreds of scholarships to eligible foreign scholars and artists in an effort to promote International exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and more than 180 other countries.

Recipients are selected by the awarding agency, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for foreign students (FCS). The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are for young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree the PhD and to foreign artists with a degree.


Scholarship Sponsors: Swiss Government

Host institutions: All Swiss Public Universities

Scholarship Worth: Fully funded (covers the full cost of the study and related expenses)

Number of awards: Several (Not stated)

Level of education: Masters & PhD degree

Nationality: international students


See also: Czech Republic Government Scholarship 2022/2023 for Developing Countries

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2023-2024 | DETAILS

The following types of scholarships will be awarded either to artists for foreign scholars and respectively:

  • The research grant is available to postgraduate researchers of any discipline (holding at least a master’s degree) who plan to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or postdoctoral level.
    Research grants are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, the universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology, as well as the four research institutes. Only applicants nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.
  • art scholarships are open to art students who wish to undertake an initial master’s degree in Switzerland. Art scholarships are awarded for studies at any Swiss conservatory or art university. This scholarship is only available to students from a limited number of countries.

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Applicant must be an international student (foreign scholar or artist)
  • The applicant must be accepted into a master’s or doctoral program.
  • For the graduate program, the applicant must hold (or be about to obtain) an undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) from a reputable institution.
  • For the PhD programme, the applicant must hold a Master’s level degree by merit or distinction (or international equivalent).
  • Must have a history of research engagement. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promotion of their research to a wider audience, awards for research work or work.

Selection Criteria

FCS evaluates scholarship applications according to three criteria:

  • candidate profile
  • Quality of research work or artistic work
  • Synergies and possibilities for future research collaboration

Scholarship benefits

  • The scholarship covers the full funding of the course of study
  • All university fees at an international price. health insurance, air tickets, housing allowance etc.

Application Procedures

How to apply: All interested and eligible candidates seeking the Swiss Government Scholarships are expected to apply and be given an unconditional offer of admission for full-time Masters or PhD studies at any Swiss public university and can then proceed to apply for the scholarship. Follow the steps outlined [here].

Application deadline: It is not specified

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