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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2016-2017


The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology, as well as Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognised institution.

Please use the drop-down menu below to see what type of scholarships are offered for your country of origin. You will also find the necessary information regarding eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

The deadline for applications varies from one country to another (see below). The FCS will announce its decisions regarding the scholarships 2016-2017 by mid-May 2016 at the latest.

The next offer for the academic year 2017-2018 will be online from August 2016.

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Warning against fake scholarship offers using the name of the Swiss Government (Phishing)

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation issues this warning against fake Swiss Federal Government Scholarships advertised by e-mail or published on social medias. Through these fake scholarship offers, crooks try to lead their victims to money transfers (under the pretence of visa and social insurance costs for example).

The Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships (FCS) recommends never to answer to these e-mails and above all not to send any money. Please note that the application for a Swiss Government Scholarship is free of charge.

The scholarship offers of the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships are managed exclusively by the official diplomatic representation of Switzerland in the country of origin of the applicants.

Do not hesitate to share this information with your social environment.


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