Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss Confederation awards various post-graduate scholarships to foreign scholars of all disciplines and to some foreign artists:

  • University research fellowships for scholars, doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences (no scholarships for bachelor or masters studies)
  • Arts scholarships for advanced-level artists at Swiss conservatories and universities of the arts (only for a limited number of countries)

The application period for the academic year 2020-2021 is now open and will close on November 30, 2019. For any information regarding the application process for a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, please visit the page Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

If you still have questions after reading the website of the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), please contact the Embassy of Switzerland:

Scholarships for Swiss students

The scholarship office of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities swissuniversities administers the foreign governmental scholarships of about 40 countries on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The scholarships are offered to Swiss students, researchers and artists to study for a period of time abroad. For more details:

Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities swissuniversities

Master in development policies and practices at the Graduate Institute in Geneva

The Graduate Institute in Geneva calls for applications for an Executive Certificate (5 weeks) or an Executive Master (6 months) in development policies and practices. The curriculum covers a broad spectrum of development issues as well as regions. Workshops and seminars are held in regional hubs of the applicant’s choice, such as the University of Ghana in Accra, online, and in Geneva.

The program, sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is designed specifically for working professionals at mid-career to senior career level, who hold or aspire to leadership positions in governments, international organisations and NGOs, as well as professionals in the private sector.

The applications for the 2020-2021 program are now open. Please find further information on the website of the Graduate Institute Geneva.

Scholarships for «Master of Advanced Studies in European and International Governance» at the University of Geneva

In cooperation with the United Nations Office at Geneva, the University of Geneva created in 2017 the Master of Advanced Studies in European and International Governance (MEIG Programme). This highly innovative programme combines academic studies together with a practical training, followed by an internship in an international organization or an in-depth study on a topic related to governance. This 10 month programme specifically addresses young professionals having previous practical experience and wishing to enhance their knowledge of European and international governance. Please consult our website for further information (

The success of the MEIG Programme persuaded private donors to offer five full scholarships amounting to CHF 45,000 that cover the tuition fees and provide a significant contribution to the cost of living in Geneva. In addition, this foundation offers this year additionally five scholarships of CHF 20’000 as a contribution to living costs. Both types of scholarships are reserved for potential excellent participants that do not have the financial means to cover the costs linked to the programme. Furthermore, the candidates should come from ODA beneficiary countries according to the list established by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The main reason for this is that international cooperation will succeed only if all parties involved have a sound knowledge of the functioning of international governance. These scholarships are, therefore, subject to the condition that recipients commit to returning to their respective countries in order to make these countries benefit from the skills acquired during the programme. The candidates are also required to actively participate and to attend the classes in Geneva from the first to the last day of the programme. If these conditions are not respected the full scholarship will have to be refunded by the participant.

The next edition of the programme (academic year 2020-2021) will begin mid-September 2020. We would need to receive the applications of potential candidates no later than 25 December 2019.

Beware fake scholarship offers in the name of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (phishing)

The Swiss authorities are issuing this warning about fake scholarships advertised by email. The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) does not advertise scholarships by email; as a rule, scholarships are directly managed by the Swiss representation in the country concerned. The Swiss authorities recommend not responding to such emails and, above all, not transferring any money.