Medicus Student Exchange Program

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.

Eligibility requirements for students

  • 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 2018.
  • 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 2018.
  • You plan to start your U.S. studies earlier than the fall semester of 2019.
  • You have already obtained a Ph.D. degree, or are expecting to obtain a Ph.D. degree before fall 2019.
  • You intend to pursue an internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
  • You have already applied for or have been admitted to a study program outside of the Fulbright program
  • 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 (If you hold another citizenship you must contact the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in your citizenship country.)
  • All candidates must currently be affiliated with one of the universities or research institutions in Switzerland.
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. 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 month time frame in the U.S.
  • English proficiency appropriate to the proposed teaching and/or research project to be carried out in the United States.  Proficiency is based on personal assessment, the TOEFL is not required.
  • 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.

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 not expecting to obtain a Ph.D. degree, before fall 2019.
  • You have recent U.S. experience (more than an aggregate period of 9 months in the United States during the past 5 years)
  • You have already received a stipend from the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • You are currently studying, researching, or lecturing at a U.S. university.
  • You are currently living or working in the United States.
  • Research/Teaching stays that begin before the start academic year can only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Applicants who plan a stay during the semester breaks need to explain their reasons in their application

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 "Application process" paragraph of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program or the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

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 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 2019 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 will take place during June 2019 after the exact amount of funding to be granted to U.S. and Swiss grantees has been announced by the SBS.