Postgraduate Research Scholarship from Swiss Government for International Artists Students
SEFRI, email Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students

Postgraduate Research Scholarship from Swiss Government for International Artists Students

Switzerland 31 Dec 2019


SEFRI, Therese Steffen Gerber

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Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships for International Students to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). 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:
  1.  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 doctoral or post-doctoral level.
  2. Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. 
  3. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.
  • Art scholarships :
  1. are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.
  2. Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. 
  3. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

Selection criteria:

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

  1.  Candidate profile.
  2. Quality of the research project or artistic work.
  3.  Synergies and potential for future research cooperation.

The FCS will select scholarship holders for the 2019-20 academic year by the end of May 2019. Scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year will be advertised online from August 2019.


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

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