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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2019-2020

The official notification for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2019-2020 Academic Year has been released. Interested and eligible candidates can chekc out all of the details on the research scholarship and application procedure below:

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Annually the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to encourage global exchange and research collaboration between Switzerland and more than 180 other nations. Recipients are chosen by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). 

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are targeted at young researchers from overseas who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at overseas artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

One minute introduction to Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Introduction to Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (5 min.)

Types of scholarship

The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any area (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) that intend to come to Switzerland to pursue research or additional studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.

Research scholarships are given for study or research in any respect Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences along with the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor in one of those higher education institutions will be considered.

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Selection criteria

The FCS assesses scholarship applications based on three criteria:

a) Candidate profile
b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
c) Synergies and potential for future research collaboration

The FCS will pick scholarship holders for the 2019-20 academic year by the end of May 2019. Scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year will be advertised online from August 2019.


Select your country of origin according to your passport:

Countries A – L / Countries M – Z

Examine the application deadline and the several kinds of scholarship available. These vary based on the country. You’ll also find details of things to do and where to get more details.

Application procedure


Programs are subject to preliminary choice from the relevant national authorities and also the Swiss diplomatic representation. The short-listed applications are subsequently assessed from the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), which requires the last choice.

The FCS consists of professors from all Swiss public universities. Scholarship awards are determined on the basis of scientific and academic excellence.


The FCS will announce its own conclusions concerning the new scholarship awards from the end of May at the latest.

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