ETH Zurich Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Governance and Administration

Deadline: 29 February 2024 
Open to:
resident of a “low” or “lower-middle” income country, classified by the World Bank
programme fees and a stipend to help offset the transport and lodging costs during the block course in Zurich


The CAS PGA is an interdisciplinary continuing education programme that brings together professionals from around the globe for a transformative learning experience to provide the necessary competencies to tackle complex governance challenges. The programme is taught by world-​​class experts from ETH Zurich and other universities, as well as by highly experienced practitioners.
It is tailored to aspiring international and Swiss public sector leaders and professionals working on governance matters or those who plan to take on governance-​related projects in the future.
The programme is composed of an intensive two-​weeks block course conducted at the end of August and beginning of September, on-​site at the Campus of ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and the writing of an individual CAS Thesis throughout a period of three months following the completion of the block course.


Candidates interested in applying need to fulfil the following formal admission requirements:

  • Hold a master’s degree acknowledged by ETH Zurich or equivalent educational qualifications
  • Have a minimum of three years of professional experience
  • Be fluent in English

Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates that cover the programme fees and provide a stipend to help offset the transport and lodging costs during the block course in Zurich.

In addition to the formal admission requirements, candidates interested in financial assistance also need to comply with the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of a “low” or “lower-middle” income country, classified by the World Bank (residents from “upper-middle” income countries might be considered in exceptional cases). The determining factor here is the country of employment / residence and not the citizenship
  • Not work for an institution with a professional development fund supporting employee participation in foreign academic programmes
  • Not having secured funding through a third-party organization


What is covered: Fees and expenses (in case of a scholarship)

Is it fully funded: yes, if selected for a scholarship. There are also possibilities of attending as a self-paying student.

How to apply?

For more information on te scholarships and the application process, please consult the dedicated section about scholarships on our website: Scholarships CAS PGA 2024 – Swiss School of Public Governance | ETH Zurich

For information on how to apply, please refer to the dedicated section ” Application and Admission – Swiss School of Public Governance | ETH Zurich” on the website.

Deadline: 29 February 2024 for scholarship applicants, 15 June 2024 for self-paying students