Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-21

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EligibilityPostgraduates, PhD holders and Postgraduate Researchers
RegionSwitzerland
AwardCHF 3,500 per month and other benefits
DeadlineClosed

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About the Program

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The Swiss Government via the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) invites applications for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-21 from international young researchers and students having a master's degree or PhD degree. The main objective of the scheme is to promote research cooperation and international exchange between Switzerland and other countries. These scholarships are categorised into three types namely, PhD scholarships, Postdoctoral scholarships and Research fellowship. The selected students will receive a scholarship amount of up to CHF 3,500 per month and other benefits. 

  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-21
    DeadlineClosed
    Eligibility

    For Postdoctoral Scholarships

    To be eligible, an applicant must -

    • Have obtained a PhD degree between 31 December 2016 and 31 July 2020 recognised by the Swiss University (Note: The applicants have to submit their degree to FCS as a proof before the start of the scholarship)
    • Have a devoted research proposal that also includes the timeline 
    • Provide a letter issued by a professor of any Swiss hosting institution stating his/her will to supervise and support the postdoctoral research
    • Possess good command over required language skills for postdoctoral research
    • Be willing to relocate to Switzerland during the grant period 
    • Not have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship
    • Not have already been a Swiss Government Scholarship holder

    For PhD Scholarship /Research Fellowship 

    To be eligible, an applicant must -

    • Possess a master's degree or equivalent, recognised by the Swiss University, before 31 July 2020 (Note: The applicants have to submit their degree to FCS before the scholarship starts) 
    • Be born after 31 December 1984
    • Have a research proposal that includes a timeframe 
    • Provide a letter issued by an academic professor (including his/her short CV) of host institution confirming his/her will to supervise and support the PhD thesis/research
    • Have good command over required language skills for the research/studies
    • Be willing to relocate to Switzerland during the grant period
    • Not have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship
    • Not have already been a Swiss Government Scholarship holder
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    Benefits:

    For Postdoctoral Scholarship

    • A monthly scholarship amount of CHF 3,500
    • Mandatory Swiss health insurance
    • Special housing allowance of CHF 300 paid once 
    • Half fare public transportation card for one year
    • Support services, dinners, trips and sightseeing tours
    • Flight allowance for returning to the origin country at the end of the scholarship

    For PhD Scholarship /Research Fellowship 

    • A monthly scholarship amount of CHF 1,920 
    • Mandatory Swiss health insurance
    • Special housing allowance of CHF 300 paid once
    • Half-fare public transportation card for one year 
    • Support services, dinners, trips and sightseeing tours
    • Flight allowance for returning to the origin country at the end of the scholarship
Important Dates

Scholarship application starts - 1st August 2019
Scholarship application deadline - 12th November 2019
Beginning of the scholarship - 1st September 2020

Selection Criteria

The selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of -

  • Candidate's academic profile, research capacity and motivation
  • Originality and methodological soundness of the research project
  • Synergies and potential for future research cooperation
Terms and Conditions
  • No family allowance will be given to the selected students.
  • The duration of the scholarship is 12 months (starting in September) which can be extended for up to 36 months (only for PhD scholarship) based on the academic results achieved by the students. 

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