Swiss Government Scholarships for Foreign Students for the Academic Year 2016-17

  • Type: Fully Funded.

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) and 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 recognized institution.

International students from more than 180 countries can apply for this scholarship. Host institution are  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.


Please refer to the country-specific fact sheets for general and specific eligibility criteria.

Scholarship Value:

The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, housing allowance, etc. See the fact sheets for exact scholarship benefits.

Application Process:

Please see the country-specific webpages for eligibility criteria, application procedure, deadlines, and contact information specific to your country. If you fulfill the eligibility requirements, contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin. The diplomatic representation will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation.

The application deadline falls between September and November 2015, depending on the Swiss Embassy to which the applications have to be submitted.

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