Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2023/2024 for Foreign Students and Artists


The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum). Also, beneficiaries must be planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at the 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. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.


The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, airfare, special lodging allowance

Selection Criteria

The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

  • Candidate profile

  • Quality of the research project or artistic work

  • Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

  • Scholarship awards are decided on the basis of academic and scientific excellence.