Every year, the Swiss Confederation offers the Government Excellence Scholarships with an aim of promoting international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and well over 180 countries. This research grant is open to post-graduate researchers of any discipline as long as they hold a Master’s degree and plan to come to Switzerland to further their studies or pursue research at doctoral or post doctoral level.
Any of the 10 Swiss cantonal universities, the two Swiss federal institutes of technology and research institutes
Level of study
Doctoral or Postdoctoral Research or Studies in any discipline
International students from over 180 countries. For the complete list of eligible countries, visit the official website
This grant for school will cover a monthly payment, health insurance, exemption of tuition fees, air fare, housing allowance etc. For a full list of exact scholarship benefits, please check the country-specific fact sheets.
For general and specific eligibility criteria, interested candidates can refer to country-specific fact sheets
Before applying, candidates will be required to check country-specific facts sheets for application procedure, eligibility criteria, deadlines, contact information specific to your country. If you meet the eligibility requirements then you can go ahead and contact your country of origin Swiss diplomatic representation. It is the responsibility of the Swiss diplomatic representation to provide the necessary information on the procedure including application forms and a list of necessary documentation.
The deadline for application falls between September-December 2019. This will depend on the Swiss Embassy to which the application was submitted. For detailed information on how to apply for the scholarship, visit the official scholarship website