Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-2021 for Foreign Scholars & Artists to study in Switzerland (Fully Funded)


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-2021 Application Form Is Out for Foreign Scholars & Artists to study in Switzerland

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-2021 Application Form Is Out for Foreign Scholars & Artists to study in Switzerland; This scholar is to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. The awarding body selects recipients, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

About Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Types of scholarship

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

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Selection criteria

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

Select your country of origin according to your passport:

Countries A – L / Countries M – Z

Check the application deadline and the different types of scholarship on offer. These vary according to country. You will also find details of what to do next and where to get more information.


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


The FCS will announce its decisions regarding the new scholarship awards by the end of May at the latest.

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The FCS will select scholarship holders for the 2020-21 academic year by the end of May 2020. Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year will be advertised online from August 2020.

FAQs for scholarship applicants & academic supervisors (PDF, 148 kB, 25.09.2017)

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Deadline: Varying by Country