Foreign government scholarships for Swiss students and researchers

Students and researchers often owe an intensive and inspiring study or research stay abroad to a scholarship. They return with intercultural experiences and valuable relationships that enrich both their personal lives and professional careers.

"The Fulbright grant helped me completing a post-graduate degree in Law, Science and Technology in one of the most prestigious universities of the world. Stanford Law School was the best place to deepen my knowledge in intellectual property, as it is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with top notch professors and experts. Each day, there were an incredible amount of interesting conferences, debates or networking events."

                          Melina Haralabopoulos, Stanford University, USA

swissuniversities manages government scholarships of over 30 countries. Scholarships for a study or research stay abroad are offered to Swiss students, researchers and, to a lesser degree, artists. Non-Swiss citizens may also apply for scholarships of certain countries as long as the applicant resides in Switzerland and is matriculated at a Swiss higher education institution.

Government scholarships are funded by the host countries; swissuniversities is responsible for issuing the call for applications and, if the host country does not require a direct application, for managing the application process and pre-selecting candidates.

The type, duration and amount of a scholarship varies greatly from country to country. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, specialisations, teaching, art or language courses; the duration can last from a few weeks to several years. Normally, a government scholarship covers the cost of living and studying in the host country. Some countries, however, only award partial scholarships; in such cases, the scholarship recipient is personally responsible for covering the remaining costs.

"My year in the US has been a wonderful experience - it is difficult to know where to start, from the 180 other international students to the diverse faculty, over to a wide range of lectures on offer and the fantastic research facilities."

Odile Ammann, Harvard University, USA

All countries providing information about scholarships are marked on the map below. A pop-up window containing details opens by clicking a marked country.

Contact for Swiss students and researchers

Scholarship Service
Effingerstrasse 15
P.O. Box
CH-3001 Bern


Government scholarships for study abroad

Annual report 2018

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Alternatively, you can find the countries that offer scholarships in the list view.