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Switzerland - Grants & Scholarships

Switzerland - Grants & Scholarships

There are different scholarships programs to which Indian students can apply.

Types of scholarship

University scholarships: University scholarships are open to students from both industrialized and developing countries, but are intended exclusively for study at one of Switzerland’s 10 universities or 2 federal institutes of technology.

  • Arts scholarships: No scholarships.
  • UAS scholarships: No scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Candidates must hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
    • Candidates must be under the age of 35.
    • Candidates must be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
    • Candidates must contact the institution or the supervising authority their period of research. Universities may request supplementary information and/or set certain additional conditions to determine whether or not you qualify for admission.
    • Candidates must be expert in the language (French, German, Italian or English) in order to draw gain benefit from their studies in Switzerland.
    • Candidates who have already embarked on the first year of a Masters program at a Swiss university or UAS are no longer eligible for a Swiss government scholarship (with the exception of arts scholarships). Such applications will not be considered by Swiss diplomatic representations.
    • Swiss government scholarships may not be combined with other scholarships or awards.
    • Scholarships are provided for a nine-month academic year. Scholarships for postgraduate or Masters Programs lasting up to 2 years (3 or 4 semesters) may be extended depending on results from the first year.

Scholarships consist of monthly payments of:

  • CHF 1920 – for postgraduate students
  • CHF 1920 – for fine arts and music students
  • CHF 1600 – for students attending language courses in Fribourg or Lugano

The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students does not cover the cost of academic and /or term fees. Generally-speaking, the universities and the Zurich Federal Institute of Technology exempt holders of Swiss government scholarships from term fees, but not necessarily from Masters program enrollment fees. In the event that these fees are not waived, it is up to the scholarship holder to arrange payment.

Application procedure

If you fulfill the eligibility requirements contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin.
The diplomatic representation will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation.


Technically, the scholarships are offered to the government of the student’s country of origin and not to the student. Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and the Swiss diplomatic representation. The Swiss diplomatic representation then passes on the selected applications to the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) which subsequently takes the final decision. The FCS is composed of academic staff drawn from Swiss universities. Scholarship awards are made on the basis of academic and scientific excellence.

For more details Click Swiss Embassy in India

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