Swiss Government Excellence PhD Scholarships for Foreign Students

Swiss Government Excellence PhD Scholarships for Foreign students

Designation/Position-  PhD Scholarships for Foreign Students

Swiss Government invites application for PhD Scholarships for foreign students from eligible and interested candidates

About- The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree. PhD Scholarships for Foreign Students

Research/Job Area-  All academic fields

Location- Swiss universities


Master’s degree or equivalent university degree achieved before 31 July 2020 (degree certificate) recognised by the Swiss university. As a proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.

Applicant’s date of birth after 31 December 1984.

Applicants must provide a letter from an academic host professor (including
her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is
willing to supervise and support the PhD thesis. Without such support, the
application will be rejected.

If an assistant professor supports a candidature, a full professor who is entitled to supervise the PhD during the entire scholarship has to co-sign the support letter.

Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required
attention to it.

Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the PhD studies/ research.

Applicants who have been in Switzerland since more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.

Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.

Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period

Job/Position Description- 

The scholarship is valid only for full-time PhD studies in Switzerland at a Swiss university.

It is not valid for mixed PhD programmes (part time in Switzerland and part time in another country).

“Cotutelle de these”: PhD students with an ongoing or planned doctoral project that is carried out within the framework of a formalized agreement between two universities (“cotutelle de thèse” cooperation between a Swiss and a foreign university) and under the joint direction of two supervisors are eligible for a 12 month research fellowship only.

Target group – Highly qualified postgraduate students (possessing the required degrees) from all academic fields.

Duration – 12 months (starting in September) prolongable up to 36 months based on the achieved academic results.

How to Apply- 

The application package can be obtained by e-mail from the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi.
Application documents
  1. Signed FCS application form (typed and printed) with photo.
  2. A full CV with list of academic publications, awards etc.
  3. A motivation letter (max. 2 pages).
  4. A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages, signed), using exclusively the FCS research proposal form.
  5. A copy of the letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the PhD thesis.
  6. Applicants for doctoral schools (doctoral programmes):
  7. In addition to all other application documents (including the support letter from a supervisor), the admission letter from the doctoral school is required with the application dossiers.
  8. Two confidential letters of recommendation from two different professors in the applicant’s field (use exclusively the FCS reference form – originals in sealed envelopes only for the 1st set). No copies for 2nd set.
  9. Photocopies of certificates and grade sheets from previously attended universities/colleges and diplomas with grades, starting with the most

Last Date for Apply– 12 November 2019

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