Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2024/2025 For Foreign Students And Artists

Every year, the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship offers Masters’s Scholarships to Art students (Artists). Every year, the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship is offered for Ph.D., Postdoctoral, and Research for Foreign Students from Africa and other Countries to Study Abroad in Switzerland. New information as more countries has been included. Search for your country using this new link:

Application Deadline: Now Open (Deadline varies by country, but generally 30th November). Submission to Swiss Representation is from Sept to Dec. However, be sure to check the application deadline in your own country.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: International students from more than 180 countries.  See the official website for a complete list of eligible countries.

Select your country of origin according to your passport (PDF, 136 kB, 02.08.2023)

North America (PDF, 69 KB, 19.07.2023)

South America (PDF, 74 KB, 19.07.2023)

Europe (PDF, 96 KB, 02.08.2023)

Africa (PDF, 89 KB, 19.07.2023)

Asia (PDF, 79 KB, 19.07.2023)

Australia And Ozeania (PDF, 63 KB, 19.07.2023)

To be taken at any of the ten (10) Swiss Public Universities, the two (2) Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the public teaching and research institutes, and the Universities of applied sciences

Eligible Field of Study: All academic fields


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

The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum). Also, beneficiaries must be 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. Only those who have already been awarded a place to study may apply. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue masters, doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public-funded universities or recognized institutions. You can also go to our website to read more about related scholarships on our website

Type: Masters (for the art scholarship), Ph.D. Postdoctoral and Research Scholarships


The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

a) Candidate profile

b) Quality of the research project or artistic work

c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. The short-listed applications are then assessed by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) which subsequently takes the final decision.

The FCS is composed of professors from all Swiss public universities. Scholarship awards are decided on the basis of academic and scientific excellence.

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 1st January 1987).
  • 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.

Number of Scholarships: not specified

Value of Scholarship: The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, airfare, special lodging allowance, etc. See the fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.

Duration of Scholarship: for the period of study

How to apply for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship:

Select your country of origin according to your passport. Find out about the types of scholarships available, eligibility criteria and application deadlines for your country. For more information and questions, please contact the address provided in the list of contacts (PDF, 136 kB, 02.08.2023).

Release of programme for 180+ Countries
Go to: early August
Call for Applications
Download application documents, questions? see list of contacts this September
Prepare application
Forms, research proposal,
support letters, references
before the submission deadline
Submission deadline at Swiss representation
This date and the postal address varies from country to country September – December
By the Federal Commission for Scholarships FCS by the end of May
Start of scholarships
At the Swiss academic host institution next September

Visit the scholarship webpage and select your country for country-specific application instruction.

In conclusion, if you are qualified for the scholarship, make sure you apply at the right time, providing every document as well.

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