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Every year, the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships for international post-graduate researchers in any discipline.
This is done with the intention of promoting international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and 180 other countries.
The Swiss government scholarships are based on partnerships established with several countries and are offered through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). These scholarships are granted to postgraduate candidates and artists.
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If you want to check whether your home country is a partner, you can do so by checking here and here, where you can find further detailed information.
Types of scholarships
Research scholarships are available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline who are planning to go to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at the doctoral or post-doctoral level.
The scholarships are awarded in all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology.
Art scholarships are available to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland. They are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of arts but are available to students from a limited number of countries.
The scholarship covers a monthly living stipend, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, travel costs/airfare, and housing allowance.
The monthly payment is CHF1,920. Moreover, grantees are given a CHF 300 housing allowance which is paid once at the beginning of the scholarship and a one-year half-fare public transportation card.
The scholarship also includes support services and various trips, dinners, and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.
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Scholarship holders from non-EU and non-EFTA countries have some extra benefits. The FCS pays their mandatory Swiss health insurance and they receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).