Scholarships in Switzerland


Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The scheme supports young researchers both from Switzerland and abroad. Scientists holding non-professorial academic positions at higher education institutions are also eligible to submit an application. An Ambizione grant covers the grantee's salary and the funds needed to carry out the project. An Ambizione project grant, however, comprises only project funds.


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

The Swiss Government, through the Federal commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. The scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

Scientific Exchanges

Research visits by Swiss researchers to other countries or by researchers from abroad to Switzerland are funded for a period of 1 to 6 months.

Scientific Exchanges SNSF

Scholarships offered by different Universities and Institutes

Fellowship Programmes by the EPFL

Doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies.

EPFLglobaLeaders - doctoral fellowship programme for the next generation of sustainable science leader

EPFL and the Cyber-Defence Campus “CYD Fellowships” to promote research and education in cyber-defence.

CYD Fellowships – A Talent Program for Cyber-Defence Research.

Scholarships by the University of Fribourg
Master, and research stay of max. 6 months for PhDs and max. 3 months PostDoc

Scholarships University of Fribourg

Scholarships by the University of Lausanne: UNIL's Master's grant
To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive basis.

University of Lausanne Master's grants

Scholarships & Financial Assistance by the Graduate Institute Geneva
A significant number of scholarships are awarded each year to students attending the Master and PhD programmes.

Funding Opportunities by the Graduate Institute Geneva

Grants and financial aid by the University of Geneva

Grants and financial aid by the University of Geneva

ETH4D Programmes

ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme for doctoral students from low- and middle-income countries to benefit from remote mentoring from ETH faculty and from a research stay at ETH of 1-3 months.

ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme

ETH4D Faculty Exchange Grants support ETH faculty to invite colleagues from low and middle-income countries to visit ETH Zurich or for ETH faculty to teach at a partner institution.

ETH4D Faculty Exchange Grants

E4D Continuing Education Scholarship Programme to enhance the skills of professionals from low- and middle-income countries.

E4D Continuing Education Scholarship Programme

Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme of the ETH Zürich

The scholarships can be awarded to students who belong to the best 10 percent of their Bachelor programme.

Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme of the ETH Zürich

Swissuniversities scholarships

SUDAC Scholarships

NEWAL supports the capacity-development of West African partners by offering support for short term research exchanges of either students or faculty at Swiss partner institutions. These specific exchanges aims to strengthen the scientific exchange, to help develop stronger personal ties between the West African and Swiss NEWAL organizations and to promotoe collaborative research or teaching activities.

NEWAL Scholarships

For further information you can also contact the Swiss Embassy in your home country

Swiss Representations

Visiting Scientist Programmes of TWAS - The World Academy of Sciences

TWAS - Visiting Scientists

TWAS Fellowships

With the world’s largest South-South PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship programme, TWAS helps early-career researchers to gain education and experience at top global science institutions.

TWAS Fellowships

OWSD Fellowships

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) provides PhD and Early Career fellowships for women scientists from selected Science and Technology-Lagging Countries (STLCs). The fellowships are offered to women scientists to pursue research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences.

OWSD Fellowships


Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern

+41 31 306 93 49