Ideal applicants are well-rounded people who are academically well prepared, active in their community or even globally engaged, eager to get an insight into U.S. society and values and ready to meet new people.

Candidates can apply for either the Fulbright Foreign Student Program or the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

Special Application Procedure for U.S. grants - Admission for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Application deadline for the pre-selection: June 9, 2017
  • Application deadline for the final selection: August 8, 2017

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 ( 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 two following programs:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Up to eight partial grants of up to $20,000 each 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.

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.

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 9, 2017. The pre-selection result will be announced towards the end of June 2017.
  • The application deadline for the final selection at swissuniversities is August 8, 2017. The final selection result will be announced towards the end of September 2017.

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.