Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss Confederation awards various post-graduate scholarships to foreign scholars of all disciplines and to some foreign artists:

  • University research fellowships for scholars, doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences (no scholarships for bachelor or masters studies)
  • Arts scholarships for advanced-level artists at Swiss conservatories and universities of the arts (only for a limited number of countries)

Scholarships for Swiss students

The scholarship office of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities swissuniversities administers the foreign governmental scholarships of about 40 countries on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The scholarships are offered to Swiss students, researchers and artists to study for a period of time abroad. For more details:

Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities swissuniversities

Beware fake scholarship offers in the name of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (phishing)

The Swiss authorities are issuing this warning about fake scholarships advertised by email. The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) does not advertise scholarships by email; as a rule, scholarships are directly managed by the Swiss representation in the country concerned. The Swiss authorities recommend not responding to such emails and, above all, not transferring any money.

Swiss Benevolent Societies in the United States

Scholarships offered by these organizations are generally for students who are Swiss nationals or who have a parent who is Swiss and who wish to study in the US. One exception is the Medicus grant offered by the Benevolent Society of New York which is for study in Switzerland. There are often geographic stipulations for the applicants as well: for example, the scholarships offered by the Society in Chicago are only for residents of Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. For detailed information, please go to the websites listed below.

Swiss Benevolent Society of Washington, DC

c/o Ms. Cassandra Egloff-Wait, Secretary
841 Lower Marlboro Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639
Tel.: +1 301 855 25 93

Swiss Benevolent Society of New York

500 Fifth Avenue, Room 1800
New York, NY 10110
Tel.: +1 212 246 06 55
Fax: +1 212 246 13 66

Swiss Benevolent Society of New York

Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago, Education Committee

P.O. Box 2137
Chicago, IL 60690-2137

Swiss Benevolent Society of San Francisco

456 Montgomery Street, #1500
San Francisco, CA 94104

Scholarships & Training for Swiss living in the US for study in Switzerland

The Organization of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) helps young Swiss living abroad to study or train for a career in Switzerland. They also offer scholarships for language and ski camps for primary and secondary school children.

The Organization of the Swiss Abroad (OSA)
Alpenstrasse 26
3000 Berne 16

The Swiss Society Prize