SWITZERLAND: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists 2023-2024 will start accepting online applications from all international students.

The deadline for submission varies according to country (autumn 2022) - please check here for details.

Application Guidelines for the Academic Year 2023-2024

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence 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 2023-24 are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Swiss Excellence Scholarships Coverage:

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2023-2024 are fully-funded and cover full tuition fees, monthly stipend payments, room, health insurance, and other student expenses.

Swiss Excellence Scholarships Categories:

  • 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 the 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. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.

  • 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 Swiss scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

Swiss Government Scholarship Selection Criteria:

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

a) Quality of the research project or artistic work

b) Assessment of Candidate profile

c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Eligibility Standards for Swiss Excellence Scholarship:

  1. Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the research/studies.

  2. 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 research. Without such support, the application will be rejected.

  3. Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.

  4. Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.

  5. Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centerpiece of the application.

  6. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.

  7. Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.


  1. Signed medical certificate (use only the FCS health certificate form).

  2. Signed FCS application form (typed and printed) with photos.

  3. 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 research.

  4. A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages).

  5. A full CV with a list of academic publications, awards, etc.

  6. A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages, signed), using exclusively the FCS research proposal form.

  7. A short CV of the academic mentor at the home institution.

  8. Study plan or statement of purpose

  9. 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.

  10. 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 of 2nd set.

  11. 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.

Application Process:

Candidates are required to send the above-listed documents to their local Swiss Country Embassies prior to their country-specific deadlines. You can check the country-specific Swiss Scholarship application and deadline information from the links available at the end of this article.

  1. Swiss Scholarship Country Specific List 1

  2. Swiss Scholarship Country Specific List 1