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)

Swiss scholarships for Colombian citizens

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (CFBE), the Swiss Confederation provides annual Research Grants Program in Swiss universities, federal polytechnics and universities of applied sciences:

• Stays research (maximum 12 months without extension)

• Doctorates (maximum 3 years)

• Post-doctorates (12 months, extendable up to a maximum of 6 months if the budget allows).

No university scholarships are awarded to Bachelor and Master level or scholarships are offered in artistic fields. applicants who have previously received a grant from the Swiss government and Colombian residing in Switzerland for a year before the start of the scholarship is also not accepted.

The criteria for admission of requests and specific information for each country will be available on the website of the Federal Commission for scholarships for foreign students (CFBE) (selection criteria: COLOMBIA).

Detailed information can be found on the Spanish page.

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

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.