Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students, the Swiss Confederation grants young researchers and academics from abroad postgraduate scholarships at Swiss higher education institutions (universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences) with the following modalities:

  • Research scholarships (12 months).
  • PhD scholarships (between 12 to maximum 36 months).
  • Post-doctoral scholarships (12 months).

No scholarships for bachelor or master studies are awarded. Fine arts scholarships are not granted for Venezuela or other countries of accreditation of this Embassy (Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago). Scholarship applicants residing in Switzerland since more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship will not be taken into account.

Scholarships for Swiss students

The scholarship office of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities swissuniversities administers the foreign governmental scholarships of about 40 countries on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The scholarships are offered to Swiss students, researchers and artists to study for a period of time abroad. For more details:

Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities swissuniversities

Beware fake scholarship offers in the name of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (phishing)

The Swiss authorities are issuing this warning about fake scholarships advertised by email. The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) does not advertise scholarships by email; as a rule, scholarships are directly managed by the Swiss representation in the country concerned. The Swiss authorities recommend not responding to such emails and, above all, not transferring any money.