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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

 Call for applications for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2024-2025.


Calling all talented researchers and aspiring artists! The Swiss Confederation is offering a prestigious scholarship program to promote international exchange and collaboration. The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide funding for postgraduate researchers and foreign artists to pursue their studies in Switzerland.

Who can apply?

  • Researchers: Are you a young researcher with a master’s degree (or higher) looking to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral studies in Switzerland? This scholarship is for you! You can conduct research in any discipline at a Swiss university or research institute.
  • Artists: Do you dream of earning a master’s degree in fine arts in Switzerland? If you’re from a selected country, the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships can help make that dream a reality. The scholarship is valid for studies at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts.

What do you get?

The scholarship covers the costs of your studies and living expenses in Switzerland.

Ready to apply?

Head over to the official website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) to learn more: [Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships] Here you’ll find a one-minute introduction to the program, FAQs for applicants, and detailed information about the application process.

Important deadlines:

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year has already passed (November 11th, 2023). Be sure to check the website for upcoming deadlines if you’re interested in applying for the following year.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to study and live in Switzerland! Start exploring the research opportunities and refine your artistic vision with the support of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

For candidates from India, PhD, research and post-doctoral scholarships are available.

  • The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (with a minimum qualification of holding a master’s degree) who plan to go to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at the doctoral or post-doctoral level.
  • At one of these higher education institutions, academic supervisors will only consider candidates they nominate for research scholarships. These scholarships are awarded for research at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences, and the two federal institutes of technology, as well as the four research institutes.


  • To enable selected applicants to undertake research in the realm of their PhD at one of the 10 Swiss cantonal universities, the two Swiss federal institutes of technology, the public teaching and research institutes, or the universities of applied sciences.
  • Valid for full-time research in Switzerland only.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master’s degree or equivalent achieved before 31 July 2024
  • Applicants must be born after 31 December 1988.
  • A research proposal including a timeframe.
  • Mandatory letter from an academic host professor.


  • Scholarship starts for the academic year 2024-25: 1 September 2024.
  • 12 months maximum (starting in September).
  • No prolongation possible.

Fellowship Amount

  • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1920.
  • The scholarship amount covers the living costs of one person only.
  • This scholarship is not a salary.

Selection Criteria

  • The candidate: academic profile, research capacity, and motivation.
  • The research project: originality and methodological soundness.
  • The academic context: quality and context of supervision and potential for future academic cooperation.

For more information (How to apply, application form, and documents that need to be submitted):

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