Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 2020

Last updated on November 25th, 2020 at 07:08 am

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

Switzerland

Fully Funded

Sept-Dec 2019

Multiple Fields 

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OVERVIEW:

Each year the Swiss Confederation grant excellence scholarships to international students from over 180 countries.

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are granted for foreign researchers who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level and to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.

Swiss Government scholarship

For PhD:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree achieved before 31 July 2020 (degree certificate) recognised by Swiss universities. As a proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicant’s date of birth after 31 December 1984.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the PhD thesis. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • If an assistant professor supports a candidature, a full professor who is entitled to supervise the PhD during the entire scholarship has to co-sign the support letter.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the PhD studies/ research.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland since more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship. Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The FCS application for a PhD scholarship and the application for admission by a Swiss University for a PhD study are two separate procedures.
  • The admission to a PhD study at your chosen Swiss University is a conditio sine qua non for a potential attribution of a FCS scholarship – but no guarantee though for a positive decision by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students FCS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to manage both procedures in parallel.

There are two different ways to achieve a doctorate degree (aka PhD).

  • The first way consists in undertaking doctoral studies under the supervision of an academic mentor (supervisor). In this case, the admission to the PhD takes place after the scholarship start.
  • The second way consists in being admitted to a doctoral school, which provides the framework for the following doctoral studies. Please inquire your admission directly at the corresponding school.
  • In addition to all other application documents (including the support letter from a supervisor), the admission letter from the doctoral school is required with the application dossier. As this takes time applicants must plan accordingly and submit their application for admission to the doctoral school sufficiently in advance of the scholarship programme deadline.
  • If the chosen doctoral school does not allow you to contact a supervisor before being admitted to the school, the application for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship is not possible.

For Postdoctoral:

  • PhD degree achieved after 31 December 2016 and before 31 July 2020 (PhD degree certificate) recognised by the Swiss university. As a proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland since more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the postdoctoral research. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Not accepted as academic supervisors for postdoctoral scholarship applicants are their former PhD mentors and their co-directors for the cotutelle PhD if the academic supervisor is at a Swiss university.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the postdoctoral research.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.
  • Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.

For more detailed information please check your country information file at Countries A – L / Countries M – Z

  • Full tuition fee award.
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  • Monthly allowances: 
    • CHF 1’920 for PhD scholarship holders.
    • CHF 3’500 for Postdoctoral scholarship holders.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: the FCS pays mandatory Swiss health insurance.
  • Scholarship holders from non-EU and non-EFTA countries receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

The required documents for admission depends on the program you choose.

For Phd and Postdoctoral Scholarships:

  1. Signed FCS application form (typed and printed) with photo.
  2. A full CV with list of academic publications, awards etc.
  3. A motivation letter (max. 2 pages).
  4. A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages, signed), using exclusively the FCS research proposal form.
  5. A copy of the letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the PhD thesis  or postdoctoral research.
    Applicants for doctoral schools (doctoral programmes):
    In addition to all other application documents (including the support letter from a supervisor), the admission letter from the doctoral school is required with the application dossiers.
  6. Two confidential letters of recommendation from two different professors in the applicant’s field (use exclusively the FCS reference form – originals in sealed envelopes only for the 1st set). No copies for 2nd set.
  7. Photocopies of certificates and grade sheets from previously attended universities/colleges and diplomas with grades, starting with the most recent. If not in English, French, Italian or German with attested certified translations in English. Do not submit the original certificates.
  8. Signed medical certificate (use only the FCS health certificate form).
  9. Two copies of the applicant’s passport (main page with personal data).

Dual nationals add copies of both passports. Applicants already in Switzerland during the application procedure add a copy of the residence permit for Switzerland.

For more detailed information please check your country information file at Countries A – L / Countries M – Z

  • Early August: Scholarship program releases on the official website for all 180 countries.
  • September: Call for proposals – Get the application package from the Swiss representation.
  • September to December: Submission deadline at your country Swiss representation. (Deadline varies from country to country)
  • End of May: Selection process by the federal commission for scholarships FCS.
  • Next September: Start of scholarship at Swiss academic institution. 

Universities:

  • University of Basel
  • University of Bern
  • University of Fribourg
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Lausanne
  • University of Lucerne
  • University of Neuchâtel
  • University of St. Gallen
  • University of Zurich
  • Università della Svizzera italiana

Federal Institutes of Technology

  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
  • Research Institutes of the ETH Domain (PSI; WSL; EMPA; EAWAG)
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Universities of applied Sciences

  • University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
  • Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Applied Sciences Northwest Switzerland
  • University of applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland
  • Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • The Zürcher Fachhochschule

Teaching and Research Institutes

  • Universities of teacher education

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