Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Scholars and Artists 2023-2024.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

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

Types of scholarship

  • 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 (research fellowship, PhD, Postdoc). Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology, as well as the four research institutes. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.

  • Art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland (arts). Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

FAQs for scholarship applicants and academic supervisors (PDF, 126 kB, 28.07.2022)

Select the continent with your country

Information about scholarship types

Research Fellowship (PDF, 135 kB, 03.08.2022)

PhD (PDF, 111 kB, 03.08.2022)

Postdoctoral (PDF, 110 kB, 03.08.2022)

For full details, please refer to the Guidelines for Scholarship Applications 2023-2024 (PDF, 750 kB, 28.07.2022)



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