Swiss Government Scholarships | 2012-2013 Scholarships for Developing Countries

The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students for FY 2012-2013 through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS): university scholarships (Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology), arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts) and scholarships for universities of applied sciences (UAS). Scholarships are open for Master’s and PhD students wishing to pursue their degrees at a Swiss university. Additionally, scholarships for fine arts students are available.

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university or recognised institution.

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/or the Swiss diplomatic representation.

Target Countries

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakshtan, Kenya, South Korea, Kyrghyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Only applicants coming from the list of countries below can apply for a Swiss Government Scholarship for Universities of Applied Sciences:

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine

Only applicants coming from the list of countries below can apply for a Swiss Government Scholarship for Music or Fine arts school:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey and United States of America

Eligibility

  • Candidates must hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
  • Candidates must contact the institution and/or the professor supervising 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 under the age of 35 (born on or after 1.1.1977).
  • Candidates must be suitably proficient in the language of instruction (French, German, Italian or English).
  • Candidates who have already embarked on the first year of a Masters programme at a Swiss university or UAS are no longer eligible for a Swiss government scholarship (with the exception of arts scholarship holders who do not have to be in Switzerland for more than one year). Such applications will not be considered by Swiss diplomatic representations.
  • Swiss government scholarships may not be combined with other scholarships or awards.

Scholarship Value

Scholarships are provided for a nine-month academic year. Scholarships for postgraduate or Masters programmes 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 (~CHF 600 per term), but not necessarily from Masters programme enrolment fees. In the event that these fees are not waived, it is up to the scholarship holder to arrange payment.

Awards

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/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. The Swiss diplomatic representation then passes on the short-listed 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. The results will be communicated at the end of April 2012 / Mai 2012.

Application Procedure

If you fulfil the eligibility requirements contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin or the national authority in charge of scholarships.

The diplomatic representation will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation (see below).

Required Documents

Every application must include the following documents in the given order:

a) The FCS 2012-2013 official application form (typed and printed). No handwritten form will be accepted;
b) photocopies of certificates from previously attended universities/colleges and diplomas with grades. for arts students, photocopies of certificates and diplomas with grades of previously attended conservatories, music colleges or arts and crafts schools;
c) letters of recommendation from 2 professors;
d) For Research Fellowships: a complete research proposal (approx. 5 pages), including an overview of the research work conducted until now that could be relevant for the granting of a fellowship. For a Master programs: a 2 page personal statement emphasizing the reasons to study in Switzerland, the importance of the choice for your future career as well as your professional projects at the end of your scholarship;
e) curriculum vitae;
f) For For Research Fellowships Research Fellowships:: a copy of the confirmation from a Professor at the intended a copy of the confirmation from a Professor at the intended Swiss University that he/she will supervise the research; Swiss University that he/she will supervise the research;
h) 1 health certificate (on the FCS form only);
g) For a Master programs: language certificates according to instructions (see. Point B)
i) copy of passport (main page with personal data);

Applicants for scholarships in the area of graphic and applied arts as well as music (only for arts fellowships) have to include the following additional documents:

j) for painters, graphic artists and sculptors: copies or photos of 3 pieces of their work, rough drafts (with date of creation); (imperatively put a label with name, surname and country on the work)
k) or musicians: high-quality CD of 3 different styles of music if the music involves interpreters and directors. Composers have to submit their scores; (imperatively put a label with name, surname and country on the CD)
l) a CV using the Europass model (this document is mandatory for artist applications)

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