Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2018–2019

Every year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to encourage international exchange and research collaboration between Switzerland and over 180 other nations. Beneficiaries are chosen by the awarding group, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are strived at young researchers from overseas who have finished a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Types of scholarship
The research scholarship is open to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are preparing to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further education at doctoral or post-doctoral level.

Research scholarships are awarded for research at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates chosen by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.

Art scholarships are exposed to art students needing to pursue a primary master’s degree in Switzerland.
Art scholarships are awarded for study at each Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. Only those who have previously been awarded a place to study may apply. This scholarship is accessible to students from a short number of countries only.


The scholarship includes a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, housing allowance, etc., as applicable.You can refer to the country-specific fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.


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

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