Swiss Government Excellence MSc and PhD Scholarships for international students 2021

Switzerland also known as the Swiss Confederation, is a country in Europe, good economy, and have cities where several offices of international organizations such as the headquarters of FIFA, the UN’s second-largest Office, and the main building of the Bank for International Settlements. The government of Switzerland created the Swiss Confederation Excellence award 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.

Available Scholarships

  1. 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 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.
  2. Art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland. 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.


Candidates are expected to meet the following eligibility criteria for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists;

  1. Applicants must be international students
  2. Applicants must be admitted into Masters or PhD program.
  3. Hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a PhD program;
  4. Applicants must hold (or are about to obtain) a undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) from a reputable institution;
  5. Ideally, hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
  6. Must have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work.

Selection criteria

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

  1. Candidate profile
  2. Quality of the research project or artistic work
  3. Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Benefits of the Scholarships

The benefits of the fully-funded scholarships of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists will cover:

  • Fully-funded scholarship
  • All university tuition fees at the international rate; health insurance, air fare, housing allowance etc.

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