Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists 2021/2022

Deadline: different deadlines for different countries
Open to: post-graduates and graduates from a limited number of countries
Benefits: fully funded


Applications are welcomed for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the academic year of 2021/2022. 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 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.

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


Candidates for the University Scholarships must:

  • Hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
  • Be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
  • Contact the institution and/or the professor supervising their period of research. Universities may request supplementary information and/or set certain additional conditions to determine whether or not you qualify for admission.
  • Be under the age of 35 (born on or after 1 January 1977).
  • Be suitably proficient in the language of instruction (French, German, Italian or English) in order to draw full benefit from their studies in Switzerland.

Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.


  • Monthly stipend of CHF 3500 (around EUR 3257).
  • Health insurance for non-EU and non-EFTA students.
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Monthly stipend of CHF 1920 (around EUR 1787).
  • Support for various trips, dinners, and sightseeing tours.
  • Special CHF 300 (around EUR 279) housing allowance (paid once at the beginning).
  • For non-EU students, a flight allowance for a ticket back to their home country.
  • All other benefits are the same as mentioned above for Ph.D.

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.