Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Program 2017

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists 2017

The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for 2017-18 sessions.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries.

The awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), selects recipients.

University research fellowships for scholars, doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences (no scholarships for bachelor or masters studies).

Arts scholarships for advanced-level artists at Swiss conservatories and universities of the arts (only for a limited number of countries).

Eligibility for Excellence Scholarships 2017

The scholarships program are offered to international graduates from countries around the world, however not all of the countries are included in the scheme. Select your country from the drop-down menu HERE and check which scholarships you are eligible to apply.

Scholarship

Generally the scholarship includes a monthly payment, exemption from tuition fees, insurance, housing allowance, airfare and other benefits, depending on the country of origin and the type of scholarship.

Application

The application deadlines vary depending on the country you come from.

In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact the relevant application institution in your country of origin (institution cited in the factsheet, that you can find when you select your country from the drop-down menu).

Selection

Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and the Swiss diplomatic representation. The short-listed applications are then assessed by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), which 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.

Awards

The FCS will announce its decisions regarding the new scholarship awards by the end of May at the latest.

Important Dates

Deadline of Application/Exam: November 12th 2016

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