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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020

Katherine Ke 2020-06-15

Since 1961 the Swiss Confederation have awarded Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries each year. Scholarship holders are selected by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young international researchers who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

swiss government excellence scholarships

There are two kinds of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships, which are research scholarship and art scholarship.

Types of scholarship

1. The research scholarships are applicable to postgraduate researchers (at least with a master’s degree as a minimum) who plan to continue their research in Switzerland or further studies for a doctoral or postdoctoral degree.

2. Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences, and two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by academic tutors in one of these higher education institutions are considered.

3. 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.

Selection standards

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three standards:

A. Candidate profile

B. Quality of the research project or artistic work

C. Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Application procedure

Release of programs for 180+ countries

Call for proposals

Submission deadline at Swiss representation (varies from country to country)


Start of Scholarship

Interested? What to do?

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 differ according to country. You will also find details of what to do next and where to get more information.


The application is subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. Finalist applications are evaluated and chosen by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). 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. (Please check on site if there is delay due to Covid-19 in 2020. )


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.

For more details or information about Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, please check on site,