Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students

Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission offers excellence scholarships for foreign scholars and artists in Switzerland. The scholarships are available for pursuing PhD, postdoctoral and research programs at one of the public funded universities or recognized institution. The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application. The Scholarship is only valid for a full time Postdoctoral Research or Research in Switzerland. It is not valid for mixed Postdoctoral Research or mixed Research (part time in Switzerland and part time in a third country).

Scholarship provided by : Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission.
Institution(s): 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
Scholarship Award : The scholarship covers a monthly payment , exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, special lodging allowance, etc.

Eligible for Scholarship:
(a) For Research:
-Master degree or equivalent University degree
-The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must provide a letter (e-mail) from a Professor from the Swiss host institution stating that he/she is willing to supervise the Research
-Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame (this is the central piece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it)
-Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Research
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship
(b) For PhD and Research:
–Master degree or equivalent University degree recognized by the Swiss University
-The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must provide a letter (e-mail) from a Professor from the Swiss host institution stating that he/she is willing to supervise the PhD. In the case where the PhD is run within a structured doctoral school applicant must provide an admission letter or the proof that they are being considered for admission
-Applicants must apply for the scholarship as well as to the chosen Swiss University. The 2 procedures are separate ones.
-Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame (this is the central piece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it)
-Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the PhD studies
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship
(c) For Postdoctoral:

-PhD degree
-There cannot be a gap of more than 5 years between the award of the PhD and the application deadline
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must provide a letter (e-mail) from a Professor from the Swiss host institution stating that he/she is willing to supervise the postdoctoral research
-Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame (this is the central piece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it)
-Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Postdoctoral Research
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government.
(d) For Fine Arts Scholarships:
-Bachelor degree or equivalent degree
-The candidate must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application. There should not be a time lapse of more than 3 years between the Bachelor graduation and the beginning of the scholarship.
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must apply to the chosen Conservatory or Art School as well as for the scholarship. The 2 procedures are separate ones
-Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Master program
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second

Application Overview :In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact the relevant application institution in your country of origin (institution cited in the factsheet, that you can find when you choose your country from the drop-down menu by click  Here.

The next offer for the academic year 2016-2017 will be online from August 2015. The deadline for applications varies from one country to another.
Application Deadline: The application deadline falls between September and November, depending on the Swiss Embassy to which the applications have to be submitted.
Website/Links : http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/themen/01366/01380/01715/index.html?lang=en

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