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

About the Program

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Last Updated On : 29-08-2019   Posted By : Debjit paul

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
    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
    Documents
    • Complete CV along with the list of all academic publications
    • A motivation letter of maximum 2 pages
    • Completed and signed research proposal of maximum 5 pages
    • Copy of the letter issued by an academic professor of the host institution stating his/her will to supervise and support the thesis 
    • Short CV of the academic mentor (for research fellowship)
    • Two letters of recommendation (confidential) issued by two different professors in the applicant's field
    • Photocopies of previously attended education's grade sheets and certificates sequenced with the most recent ones (Note: If certificates are not available in English, German, Italian or French, copies are also acceptable with certified and attested translations)
    • Duly signed medical certificate
    • Two copies of the passport

    Note: Please maintain the same sequence of the documents as mentioned. Also, please do not put documents in binders or plastic folders. 

    How can you apply?

    Eligible candidates can apply for the scholarship through the following steps -
    Step 1: Obtain the application package from the Swiss Embassy in India through email. 
    Step 2: Fill in the form (typed) and take its print out. 
    Step 3: Fix a recent photograph on the form and sign it. 
    Step 4: Attach the necessary documents. 
    Step 5: Submit 1 original and 1 copy of the application documents to the Swiss Embassy in India at the mentioned address -
    Swiss Embassy in India, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, 110021 New Delhi  
    E-mail: ndh.scholarship@eda.admin.ch 

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. 

This scholarship is closed for further applications. It is expected to be launched by August, 2022. You can follow this scholarship for further updates.

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