Swiss Government Research Scholarships for Foreign Scholars for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Swiss Government Research Scholarships

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships 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 PhD.

Swiss Government Research Scholarships
Swiss Government Research Scholarships

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Swiss Government Research Scholarships

Research Scholarships

The research scholarship (research fellowship, PhD, Postdoc) is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree is the minimum qualification required) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at 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, as well as the four research institutes. Only candidates nominated by an academic supervisor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.

Objectives of the Swiss Government Research Scholarships

  • 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.

Target Group

  • Highly qualified postgraduate researchers from all academic fields as well as young medical doctors.
  • Primarily for scholars who have not already been to Switzerland.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master’s degree or equivalent achieved before 31 July 2024 (except: ETH Zurich: 30 June 2024). Degree certificate completed.
  • Applicants must be born after 31 December 1988.
  • A research proposal including a timeframe.
  • Mandatory letter from an academic host professor (including their short CV).


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


  • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1’920.
  • 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.

Contact for further questions

  • See the contact address for yourcountry of origin (PDF, 136 kB, 02.08.2023) – this is the country according your passport.
  • Check the available scholarship types for your country of origin.
  • Check the opening of the call and the submission deadline. Applications submitted too late will not be considered.

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