Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Position, 18.08.2020

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students.

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD.

Types of scholarship
The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (holding a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level. 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.


How to apply?

Candidates interested in applying for a Government Excellence Scholarship can request the full documentation by sending an email to Applications have to be sent to the same address no later than 30 November 2020.

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Notes concerning corona-virus pandemic
The uncertainty surrounding the further development of the corona pandemic remains high.

The call for scholarships of the Swiss Confederation for the academic year 2021/22 is addressed to all countries regardless of the current corona pandemic situation.


Scholarships will be awarded subject to the rules in force at the start of the scholarship on 1 September 2021.


Whether or not a scholarship awarded in the future can actually be taken up depends, on the one hand, on the applicable rules of the countries of origin and the Swiss Confederation and, on the other hand, on various other conditions (such as health situation, visa procedures, opening of borders, university operation, etc.).


The situation is constantly being reassessed. It is not possible to give more precise details for the time being. Current information on the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships can be found on: