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Special Application Procedure for U.S. grants - Admission for 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Application deadline for the pre-selection: June 10, 2016
  • Application deadline for the final selection: August 8, 2016

U.S. Fulbright – Swiss Scholarship Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
The Fulbright Program in Switzerland offers funding to highly qualified Swiss students and scholars for pursuing study at the master’s or Ph.D. level, or teaching and research at post-doctoral level, at any recognized institution of higher education in the United States. Grant lengths range from three months to one academic year, depending on the program.

The Fulbright experience should be of value not only to the student/scholar, but also to their home university – its students and faculty – as well as to the host U.S. institution. Fulbright grantees serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and study or research to academic and community groups.

Fulbright grantees enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under the Department of State program and are subject to the 2-year home-country residence requirement associated with the J-1 visa (http://j1visa.state.gov). At the conclusion of their program Exchange Visitor Program participants are expected to return to the home countries to utilize the experience and skills they have acquired while in the United States and reside there physically for two years before they may become eligible to apply for an immigrant or temporary worker visa.

Candidates may apply for only one of the following programs:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Partial grants of up to $20,000 each, to be used toward the cost of tuition and other academic expenses. Grants are four to ten months in length, and are not renewable.

  1. General Fulbright Grants
    Six to eight grants to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. degree; non‐degree coursework; or Ph.D. research at any recognized U.S. institution of higher education. Exceptions: Applications for studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and clinical psychology are ineligible; however, the Master’s degree in Public Health is eligible.
  2. Fulbright-Novartis Grant
    One grant to pursue a Master’s degree at any recognized U.S. institution of higher education in a field of life sciences (e.g., research and education in tools, technologies, materials, and services; drugs and therapies; diagnostics; health care; medical devices and technology).
  3. Fulbringt-Syngenta Grant
    One grant to pursue a Master’s degree at any recognized U.S. institution of higher education in the fields of environmental sciences, food security, biodiversity, or rural economics.

Please note: Application requirements for all three types of Fulbright student grants are identical. Students applying for either the Fulbright‐Novartis or Fulbright‐Syngenta grant must complete a general Fulbright application.

 

Eligibility requirements

  • Swiss citizenship (If you hold another citizenship you must contact the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in your citizenship country.)
  • Undergraduate degree from a University or University of Applied Sciences completed by fall 2016
  • English proficiency with a TOEFL Internet‐based iBT score of 100 or higher

In the following cases, you are not eligible to apply:

  • You hold dual citizenship with the United States, are a resident of the United States, or hold a “green card.”
  • You will not have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) by fall 2016.
  • You plan to start your U.S. studies earlier than the fall semester of 2017.
  • You have already obtained a Ph.D. degree, or are expecting to obtain a Ph.D. degree before fall 2017.
  • You intend to pursue an internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine or dentistry.
  • You are currently studying, researching, or lecturing at a U.S. university.
  • You are currently living or working in the United States.

Placement procedures at U.S. institutions
Admission to well‐known U.S. universities is highly selective and fairly complicated. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and offers a placement service for approximately 3‐5 universities to those candidates selected for a grant. IIE’s University Placement Services Division works with the candidates through swissuniversities to create a well‐balanced submission plan, and candidates are expected to be open to a range of appropriate placements. IIE submits applications on behalf of the candidates and follows‐up with universities to obtain the most advantageous placements and financial aid. Once candidates have decided to accept an offer of admission, IIE forwards an acceptance or withdrawal to each university.

 

Pre-Selection
In order to be considered for the first application round, candidates have to complete in a first step a pre-application form and send it together with a CV to fulbright(at)swissuniversities.ch. Eligible candidates will then be registered for the pre-selection and receive the application documents in due course.
It is possible to indicate at least three universities of your choice in the registration form for the pre-selection. In this case it should be verified with these universities whether they have departments offering the academic program leading to the desired degree. Candidates wishing to apply as a visiting Ph.D. student researcher are strongly recommended to get in touch with several departments that best suit their research needs and check to make sure they can be accepted. In both cases, copies of correspondence for this purpose must be attached to the application for final selection. Please note, however, that the formal application to U.S. universities will be made by IIE, not the student.
Pre-selected candidates will afterwards be invited to apply for the final selection.

Final Selection
Please be aware that the application procedure for the final selection is time-consuming!

Academic Records
Copies of diplomas and transcripts must be official and certified and accompanied by certified English translations (if necessary). Transcripts issued directly by the university will be considered official. Paper copies of transcripts will only be accepted with an official stamp from the university. Copies of transcripts certified or notarized by a third party (i.e. public notary) will not be accepted as official.

Letters of Reference
Each candidate must have submitted three letters of reference (or recommendation) on his/her behalf. All letters of reference should be written by teachers under whom he/she has studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised the candidate in work related to his/her proposed field of study. At least one academic and one professional or work related letter should be included among the letters.

Online application
The application form in a web-based online format and the supporting documentation for the final selection is available at http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/fulbrightpage.html.
The application form provides space for the candidate to describe his/her study/research objectives. This information is extremely important. Each applicant should be specific in describing his/her major field and specialized interests within. The candidate's description of precisely what he/she wishes to study/research determines the university programs to which IIE submits his/her application. The study plan should focus clearly on a single major field and be detailed and complete and as concise as possible. Not every applicant will need to use all the space.
Candidates applying for non-degree admission or for a visiting researcher affiliation (mentored pre-doctoral research-only program) should be especially clear about their study/research objectives and what they hope to accomplish in the United States, as non-degree admission policies or visiting researcher affiliation vary considerably from university to university and often from one department to another within the same institution. Access to course work, faculty time, and university facilities may be defined differently in individual cases and priority may be given to degree candidates. A clear statement from the applicants for these academic objectives is especially important, enabling IIE to identify programs that will provide these students with the opportunity to fulfill their specific goals.
A personal statement is also part of the online application. The Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a narrative statement in which the applicant can include information about his/her education, practical experience, special interests, career plans, and his/her purpose in applying for study in the U.S. The following link to a document prepared by the University of California, Berkeley might help guide you to write your essay: http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/state_purpose.shtml.

Applicants for Doctoral Studies
It is possible to apply for the following study/research objectives:

  • «Non-degree» for coursework study
  • «Visiting Researcher» for a mentored pre-doctoral research-only program
  • «Doctorate» to complete a Ph.D. degree in the USA

Candidates should NOT indicate Ph.D. if they want to do U.S. coursework at that level or if research will be applied towards completion of a doctoral degree in Switzerland. However, applicants should clearly demonstrate the use of the credits they obtain towards the completion of the degree. For those who intend to obtain a Ph.D. degree in the USA, it is important to make sure that the previous studies in Switzerland will fit the Ph.D. program of the preferred university.
Although admission to doctoral study in the U.S. is very competitive – in all fields and at all programs – strong candidates who are seen as a good fit with the research taking place in the program are often offered financial assistance as part of the offer of admission to encourage them to accept. More cost-sharing is available at the doctoral level and most Fulbright Ph.D. students from countries that offer partially-funded grants have a significantly lower balance of costs to cover from personal and other sources than Master’s students, particularly if the student is flexible about  the U.S. institution.
Please note that the Fulbright Foreign Student Program is understood to be for pre-doctoral students. Therefore, researchers who will conduct full-time advanced research at the post-doctoral level must  apply for a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program grant.

Applicants for Art Studies
Programs in the Arts are extremely competitive and have rigorous and detailed application requirements, as well as very early application deadlines. Art applicants should visit the websites of the schools that they are interested in and read the guidelines for the applications thoroughly. This will give students an idea of the kinds of materials that will be required. Candidates will also be able to see if there is any overlap in requirements from school to school. Art applicants are advised to start compiling their materials early enough to be prepared to submit their portfolios as soon as possible, should they be selected as a Fulbright grantee.

Standardized Tests (TOEFL, GRE, GMAT)
It is a standard admission requirement of U.S. institutions for international applicants to provide a TOEFL score. Schools will not accept applicants officially without the TOEFL score. You might also be required to take one of the following standardized tests to obtain admission to a U.S. university: GRE revised General Test, GRE Subject Test or GMAT. For further information on standardized tests please visit http://www.ets.org and http://www.mba.com.

Institution codes:
An institution code list is available during online registration. Candidates must select their score recipients (designated institutions to receive their scores) during registration. They cannot select their score recipients at the test center.
To avoid any delays during the submission and placement process, due to missing score reports, Fulbright candidates must designate Institute of International Education’s (IIE) institution code when taking the exams. Most universities will not review the candidates’ applications for admission until they are in receipt of the official copies of the score reports. Therefore, candidates are required to designate the following institution code when taking the exam:
For all TOEFL and GRE exams: code 2326
For the GMAT: code F0F 4J 28

Test Scores Availability:
TOEFL and GRE exams are not required for the Fulbright final selection. However, if you are selected you will have to take the TOEFL and depending on your field of study, either the GRE and GRE Subject Test (required for the following fields: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology) or the GMAT (MBA and business-related programs). Grantees in law only need to take the TOEFL.
Ideally, students seeking admission for the term beginning in August or September 2016 should sit for the TOEFL exam during summer 2016 so that score reports are available in August 2016. You will then have an assessment of your English language ability and will have time to prepare further and retake the exam in October if necessary. At the graduate level, many programs have December application deadline for the following academic year.
GRE Subject Tests are administered in October and November of each year. Candidates in MBA and business-related programs should plan to sit for the GMAT exam in October 2016.

Resources for Exam Preparation:
Test scores are an increasingly critical factor in admissions decisions, and candidates should take test preparation very seriously. A number of programs will not review applications until all scores are received. The IIE encourages applicants to prepare at least one to two months ahead of all exams. Below are a few resources, both for free and for a fee:

TOEFL
http://toeflpractice.ets.org
http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/valuepacks
http://www.testwise.com/review.html
http://www.testprepreview.com/toefl_practice.htm
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/toefl/

GRE
http://www.takethegre.com/preparing-for-gre-exam
http://www.ets.org/gre/prepare
http://testprep.about.com/od/Revised_GRE_Exam/
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gre/

GMAT
http://www.testprepreview.com/gmat_practice.htm
http://testprep.about.com/od/thegmat
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gmat/

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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Switzerland who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States.

All candidates must currently be affiliated with one of the universities or research institutions in Switzerland. Grants are available for the period between August 2017 and July 2018 for periods of a minimum of three months to ten months.

One to two grants are available for research and/or teaching in all fields at any recognized institution of higher education in the United States. Award benefits vary according to the individual program details, but all include a monthly stipend, a one-time settling-in allowance, a one-time professional allowance and limited accident and medical coverage provided by the Department of State (http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-visiting-scholar-program).

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program aims to provide educational exchange experiences to a maximum number of individuals not previously afforded such an opportunity. The experience should be of intrinsic value to the scholar, the recipient’s home institution, its faculty and its students, as well as to the U.S. host institution.

The program has provided thousands of scholars with the opportunity to establish professional contacts in their field and make long-lasting friendships with colleagues in the United States; to develop collaborative research relationships with U.S. scholars; and to enhance their scholarly publications and other contributions with research conducted in the United States. By doing research, guest teaching, and pursuing other scholarly interests in a completely different environment, scholars return home personally invigorated and professionally stimulated.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Swiss citizenship (If you hold another citizenship you must contact the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in your citizenship country.)
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment is expected.
  • A detailed project statement or proposed activity at a U.S. institution
  • English proficiency appropriate to the proposed research project to be carried out in the United States.

In the following cases, you are not eligible to apply:

  • You hold dual citizenship with the United States, are a resident of the United States, or hold a "green card."
  • You have not obtained a Ph.D. degree, or are expecting to obtain a Ph.D. degree, before fall 2017.
  • You have recent U.S. experience (more than an aggregate period of 9 months in the United States during the past 5 years)
  • You are currently studying, researching, or lecturing at a U.S. university.
  • You are currently living or working in the United States.

Applicants who meet the requirements above should ensure that they meet the following criteria before applying:

  • Scholar/Professional Status: Academic candidates must have a Ph.D. conferred prior to starting their grant. Professional candidates must have a minimum of 5 years professional experience in their field of study. Visual and performing arts applicants may be exempt from the requirements to have a third level qualification if they have 5 or more years of professional qualifications and or experience.
  • A clearly defined project statement of proposed activity at a U.S. institution: The proposed project should contribute to the development of knowledge in your field and must be effectively implemented within a 3-10 months time frame in the U.S. Applicants must choose 1 of the 3 categories of scholar awards:

    • Lecturing: If the primary purpose of the project is to teach or team-teach at least one full semester course. Applicants will be required to submit course syllabi along with a confirmed invitation to lecture
    • Research: If the primary purpose of the project is to conduct research. Applicants will be required to submit a research bibliography
    • Lecturing/Research: If the project will include significant portions of both lecturing and research as defined above. Candidates will be required to outline both activities in their project statement, as well as submit course syllabi and a research bibliography

  • Fulbright Scholars enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under a U.S. Department of State program and are subject to the two-year home-country residency requirement associated with the J-1 visa. NOTE: Scholars and their dependents who have held J-visas with sponsorship of more than six months are not eligible to reenter as J-1 researchers or lecturers for 12 months following the program sponsorship end date. In addition, scholars who have previously held a J visa in the professor or research scholar category are not eligible for sponsorship again in those two categories for a period of 24 months following the program sponsorship end date.
  • Sound physical and mental health: Those selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

Grants are not for the principal purpose of:

  • Attending conferences
  • Completing doctoral dissertations
  • Travel and consultation at multiple institutions, or
  • Clinical medical research involving patient contact*

*Note to medical doctors: The U.S. Department of State has designated the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) as the sole agency authorized to sponsor alien physicians for internship, residency and specialized clinical training in the United States. Fulbright grantees cannot simultaneously be sponsored by ECFMG; therefore, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

 

Pre-Selection

In order to be considered for the first application round, candidates have to complete in a first step a pre-application form and send it together with a CV to fulbright(at)swissuniversities.ch. Eligible candidates will then be registered for the pre-selection and receive the application documents in due course.
If you have already made arrangements with a U.S. host institution, please attach a copy of your letter of appointment to the registration form for the pre-selection. If you are expecting a letter of invitation that has not yet arrived, note the date you expect it to arrive. If arrangements for an appointment or affiliation have not been confirmed, list any preferences you have in order of priority.
Pre-selected candidates will afterwards be invited to apply for the final selection.

 

Final Selection

Advance planning will give candidates as much time as possible to put together a thoughtful and compelling application. Applicant review and final selection are based upon the actual application and accompanying materials. The U.S. institutional affiliation will also be conducted based on the application and accompanying project statement.
Applicants are encouraged to consult with current or former Fulbright Scholars. Fulbright alumni and current participants can provide valuable guidance in formulating a competitive project statement (http://www.cies.org/fulbright-scholars).

The Project Statement
The project statement is the most important component of the application. Scholars with the most compelling, theoretically sound, well-written, feasible proposals are generally recommended for awards. Sometimes those with outstanding professional achievements assume that a brief, general project statement will be sufficient; it is not. To ensure a competitive application, a candidate’s proposed project, as well as the strategy for completing it, should be thoroughly explained in three to five single-sided pages.

Arrangements for Affiliation with a U.S. Host Institution
In many cases, applicants are in contact with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements by securing a letter of invitation from the prospective host institution. Letters of invitation should be typed on institutional letterhead and signed. Scanned copies should be attached to the online application.
However, if you are unable to make these preliminary contacts, you are strongly encouraged to identify three institutions that have appropriate facilities for the kind of project you wish to undertake and faculty members specializing in your research interests. Please indicate the rationale for your preferences.
When determining which institutions to include on your preferred list, do not limit yourself to only large research institutes and the most well-known U.S. universities. Consider listing other institutions such as community colleges, regional universities or Minority-Serving Institutions (which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities). These institutions are often engaged in many dynamic areas of teaching and research. Though many U.S. institutions may not have an international reputation, they often do have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research. Scholars placed in these smaller and less well-known institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with larger and more well-known universities.
If you have studied previously in the United States, you should avoid seeking affiliation at your U.S. alma mater/previous host institution. This is to ensure that you expand your contacts within the U.S. academic community.
The task of affiliation is substantially facilitated if you have a project that is clearly defined and well written, as prospective host institutions also want to be assured that you can conduct research in English.

Letters of Reference
Each candidate must provide three letters of references. They must be written in or translated into English and be submitted through the online application system.
Candid, frank letters of reference help reviewers place a candidate’s research or teaching proposal within his/her home institution’s current conditions and plans for growth. References also provide evidence of his/her reputation within the discipline.
References should be from people qualified to evaluate the applicant’s professional work; the abilities they bring to the proposed project; their ability to adapt to another country and culture; and the merits of the project itself. A pro forma letter from a well-known scholar, a contact abroad or a prominent government official will carry less weight than a realistic assessment of the candidate’s abilities from someone who knows them and their work well.
References can come from the home institution, but at least one of the references should be from a colleague in the applicant’s field outside their home institution.

The Curriculum Vitae
The curriculum vitae describes academic credentials and demonstrates a record of scholarly achievements (document should not exceed six pages). When composing a curriculum vitae, it is important to include:

  • Education (universities attended, degrees earned and dates received)
  • Professional positions held
  • Courses taught and other services provided to students and the home institution
  • Publications (provide full citations and list them starting with the most recent)
  • Other professional activities, such as workshops, seminars and consultations
  • Membership and activities in professional associations
  • Professional honors, awards and fellowships
  • Community service

The online application asks for similar information, but provides limited space for answers. In the curriculum vitae, applicants should expand upon these topics to present more completely their accomplishments.

English Proficiency
Candidates must indicate their personal assessment of their level of competence in English in the application. The TOEFL is not required.

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Application procedure and selection of the candidates for the Fulbright Foreign Student and Visiting Scholar Program

  • The application deadline for the pre-selection at swissuniversities is June 10, 2016. The pre-selection result will be announced towards the end of June 2016.
  • The application deadline for the final selection at swissuniversities is August 8, 2016. The final selection result will be announced towards the end of September 2016.

The application documents for the pre-selection are available at the Scholarship Service of swissuniversities. Interested candidates must complete in a first step a pre-application form and send it together with a CV to fulbright(at)swissuniversities.ch. The pre-application form is used to determine if each candidate meets the application requirements. From the end of March 2016, eligible students/scholars will be provided with the application documents for the pre-selection.

Toward the end of June 2016, pre-selected candidates will be notified and invited to apply for the final application round by August 8, 2016. The finalists will be selected in September 2016 by a Fulbright Selection Committee which consists of members of swissuniversities, the U.S. Embassy in Bern, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) and of two university professors as well as a former Fulbright grantee.

After a review of the application materials, qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the committee. Based on the application materials and the results of the interview, the committee members select the candidates, and, depending on qualifications, study or research projects, they decide on the funding to be granted by the U.S. government, Novartis or Syngenta.

Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or physical disability.
Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States.
Special preference is given to candidates who have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of study, research or lecturing at a U.S. institution, and who are willing to share their experience and knowledge after returning to Switzerland.
Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture of their own countries and thereby contribute to understanding between the people of the United States and their country. They should also demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States.

Selected candidates will be required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting in October 2016. Candidates will be briefed about the purpose of the Fulbright program as well as its rules and regulations.

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Medicus Student Exchange Program

Dr. Heinrich Medicus, a retired Swiss professor from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Albany) made a permanent gift of stock to the Swiss Benevolent Society of New York (SBS) to establish an exchange program between Switzerland and the United States for qualified students and scholars. The program offers funding for pursuing study at the master’s or Ph.D. level, or teaching and research at post-doctoral level, at any recognized institution of higher education in the United States.

The program is administered under the umbrella of the Scholarship Committee of the SBS. The SBS selects appropriate recipients in the U.S. as does swissuniversities in Switzerland. Each year, the funds available for distribution are to be evenly divided between the two countries.

Medicus grants

2 - 5 partial grants up to US$ 5,000 each to be used toward the cost of tuition and other academic expenses. Grant lengths range from three months to one academic year, and are not renewable (http://www.sbsny.org/sbs_scholarship_programs.html).

Eligibility requirements for students

  • Swiss citizenship
  • undergraduate degree from a University or University of Applied Sciences completed by fall 2016
  • English proficiency with a TOEFL Internet‐based iBT score of 100 or higher

In the following cases, you are not eligible to apply:

  • You hold dual citizenship with the United States, are a resident of the United States, or hold a "green card".
  • You will not have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) by fall 2016.
  • You plan to start your U.S. studies earlier than the fall semester of 2017.
  • You have already obtained a Ph.D. degree, or are expecting to obtain a Ph.D. degree before fall 2017.
  • You intend to pursue an internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine or dentistry.
  • You are currently studying, researching, or lecturing at a U.S. university.
  • You are currently living or working in the United States.

Eligibility requirements for scholars

  • Swiss citizenship
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment is expected.
  • a detailed project statement or proposed activity at a U.S. institution
  • English proficiency appropriate to the proposed research project to be carried out in the United States.

In the following cases, you are not eligible to apply:

  • You hold dual citizenship with the United States, are a resident of the United States, or hold a "green card".
  • You have not obtained a Ph.D. degree, or are expecting to obtain a Ph.D. degree, before fall 2017.
  • You have recent U.S. experience (more than an aggregate period of 9 months in the United States during the past 5 years).
  • You are currently studying, researching, or lecturing at a U.S. university.
  • You are currently living or working in the United States.

Application procedure and selection of the candidates

The application procedure for the Medicus Student Exchange Program is the same as for the Fulbright Program. swissuniversities also uses the Fulbright application forms for the Medicus grants. Please see the Pre-Selection and Final Selection paragraph of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program above.

  • The application deadline for the pre-selection at swissuniversities is June 10, 2016. The pre-selection result will be announced towards the end of June 2016.
  • The application deadline for the final selection at swissuniversities is August 8, 2016. The final selection result will be announced towards the end of September 2016.

The Selection Committee consists of members of swissuniversities, the U.S. Embassy in Bern, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) and of three experts from different fields as well as a former Fulbright grantee. After a review of the application materials, qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the committee. Based on the application materials and the results of the interview, the committee members select the candidates, and, depending on qualifications, study or research projects, they decide on the funding to be granted by the U.S. government, Novartis, Syngenta or the Medicus Student Exchange Fund.

The Medicus program does not include a service for placement at a U.S. university. Candidates must apply individually for university admission. Finalists nominated for a Medicus grant are asked to provide an official admission/invitation letter of the host university by the end of May 2017 at the latest. Only after receipt of a copy of an admission/invitation letter, the finalists will definitely be eligible for a grant of the Medicus Student Exchange Fund.

The selection of grantees usually takes place during June 2017 after the exact amount of funding to be granted to U.S. and Swiss grantees has been announced by the SBS.