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Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission offers excellence scholarships for foreign scholars and artists in Switzerland. The scholarships are available for pursuing PhD, postdoctoral and research level at one of the public funded universities or recognized institution. The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application. The Scholarship is only valid for a full time Postdoctoral Research or Research in Switzerland. It is not valid for mixed Postdoctoral Research or mixed Research (part time in Switzerland and part time in a third country).

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are provided to study any one course offered by the university.
Course Level: The scholarships are available for pursuing PhD, postdoctoral and research level and fine arts scholarships for the duration of the Master program (according to the ECTS credits).
Scholarship Provider: Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission
Scholarship can be taken at: Switzerland

Eligibility: (a) For Research: -Master degree or equivalent University degree
-The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must provide a letter (e-mail) from a Professor from the Swiss host institution stating that he/she is willing to supervise the Research
-Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame (this is the central piece 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 Research
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship
(b) For PhD and Research: –Master degree or equivalent University degree recognized by the Swiss University
-The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must provide a letter (e-mail) from a Professor from the Swiss host institution stating that he/she is willing to supervise the PhD. In the case where the PhD is run within a structured doctoral school applicant must provide an admission letter or the proof that they are being considered for admission
-Applicants must apply for the scholarship as well as to the chosen Swiss University. The 2 procedures are separate ones.
-Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame (this is the central piece 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
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship
(c) For Postdoctoral: -PhD degree
-There cannot be a gap of more than 5 years between the award of the PhD and the application deadline
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must provide a letter (e-mail) from a Professor from the Swiss host institution stating that he/she is willing to supervise the postdoctoral research
-Applicants must have a research proposal including a time frame (this is the central piece 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 Postdoctoral Research
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government.
(d) For Fine Arts Scholarships:
-Bachelor degree or equivalent degree
-The candidate must not be more than 35 years old at the moment of the application. There should not be a time lapse of more than 3 years between the Bachelor graduation and the beginning of the scholarship.
-Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than 1 year at the beginning of the scholarship are not eligible
-Applicants must apply to the chosen Conservatory or Art School as well as for the scholarship. The 2 procedures are separate ones
-Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Master program
-Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second

Scholarship Description: The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

-University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology as well as Universities of Applied Sciences)
-Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).
These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded universities or a recognized institution. Swiss Government Excellence Postdoctoral Scholarships for foreign researchers. Universities of applied sciences devote more time to practice, professional courses of study in addition to conducting applied research. Universities place greater emphasis on academics and fundamental research. The scholarship is offered by the Swiss Government through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students FCS. Applicants can undertake their studies at:
(a) Universities ( For PhD, postdoctoral and research level): University of Basel, University of Bern, University of Fribourg, University of Geneva, University of Lausanne, University of Lucerne,
University of Neuchâtel, University of St. Gallen, University of Zurich, University of Lugano
(b) Federal Institutes of Technology ( For PhD, postdoctoral and research level): Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
(c) Teaching and Research Institutes ( For PhD, postdoctoral and research level ): Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), Institut universitaire Kurt Bösch
(d) Universities of Applied Sciences (For postdoctoral and research level and fine arts scholarships): University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Bern University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Northwest Switzerland, University of applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, The Zürcher Fachhochschule, The Zürcher Fachhochschule

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): PhD Scholarships: 3 years maximum
Postdoctoral scholarships: 12 months (renewable maximum 6 months)
Research scholarships: 12 months maximum (non renewable)
Fine Arts Scholarships: The duration of the Master program (according to the ECTS credits)

What does it cover? PhD Scholarships and Research scholarships: The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of 1920 Swiss Francs Exemption of the tuition fees (except for EPFL), Mandatory Swiss Health insurance paid by the FCS (for non-EU or EFTA grantees only), A lump sum for air fare for non-European grantees only (provided at the end of the scholarship), Special 300 Swiss Francs lodging allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship),1 year half-fare public transportation card and Counseling and various trips, dinners and sigh seeing tours organized for Swiss Government Scholarship holders.
Postdoctoral scholarships: The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of 3500 Swiss Francs Exemption of the tuition fees (except for EPFL).

Selection criteria: Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. The shortlisted applications are then analyzed by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) which subsequently takes the final decision. The FCS is composed of University Professors drawn from all the Swiss public Universities. Scholarship awards are decided on the basis of academic and scientific excellence. For Selection Interview an applicant should ask the Swiss Embassy.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Applications have to be submitted via post. The application package can be obtained by e-mail from the Swiss Embassy.
(a) Application documents (Please provide 3 sets of copies on A4 paper. Please do not staple the documents and/or put them into plastic sheets or binders):
-The FCS 2014-2015 official application form (typed and printed). No handwritten forms will be accepted
Copies of all university certificates and grade-sheets (all copies must be attested, and translated if originals are not in English, German, French or Italian. Attestations can be done by the University or a Government Officer.
-2 letters of recommendation from Professors in the applicant’s field (use exclusively the official reference form provided with the application package)
-A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages), use exclusively the official research proposal form provided with the application package
-A motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
-A full curriculum vitae with list of academic publications
-A copy of the confirmation from a Professor at the intended Swiss University that he/she is willing to supervise the Postdoctoral Research.
-A health certificate (uses exclusively the official health certificate provided with the application package)
-A copy of the passport (main page with personal data)
(b) Documents for fine arts scholarships:
-The FCS 2014-2015 official application form (typed and printed). No handwritten forms will be accepted
-Copies of all university certificates and grade-sheets (all copies must be attested, and translated if originals are not in English, German, French or Italian. Attestations can be done by the University or a Government Officer.
-2 letters of recommendation from Professors in the applicant’s field (use exclusively the official reference form provided with the application package)
-A 2 page personal statement emphasizing the reason to study in Switzerland, the importance of the choice for your future career as well as your professional projects at the end of the scholarship
-A full curriculum vitae using the Europass model that you can download at the following address: EUROPASS Model (this document is mandatory for fine arts applications)
-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. (If such is not the case the application will not be taken into consideration)
-For 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. (If such is not the case the application will not be taken into consideration)
-A health certificate (uses exclusively the official health certificate provided with the application package)
-A copy of the passport (main page with personal data)

Eligible Countries with Opening/Closing Dates and Types of Scholarships Offered

Country Opening date Closing date Types of scholarship Country Opening date Closing date Types of scholarship
Afghanistan 15.08.2013 18.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Liberia 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Albania 1.08.2013 15.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Libya 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Algeria 01.09.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Lithuania 15.08.2013 15/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Angola 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Macedonia 01/08/2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Antigua and Barbuda 02/08/2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Madagascar 06.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Argentina 01.08.2013 29/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Malawi 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Armenia 17.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Malaysia 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Australia 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Maldives 01/09/2013 31/12/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Austria 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Mali 30.07.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Azerbaijan 15.09.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Malta 01/10/2013 20/12/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bahamas 01/09/2013 16/12/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Marshall Islands 12.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bahrain 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Mauritania 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bangladesh 01.08.2013 15.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Mauritius 01.08.2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Barbados 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Mexico 13.08.2013 26/10/2013 PhD,Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc
Belarus 12.08.2013 06.12.2013 Research, Postdoc Micronesia 12.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Belgium 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 Research, Postdoc Moldova 02.09.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Belize 13.08.2013 26/10/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Mongolia 15.09.2013 01.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Benin 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Montenegro 01.08.2013 23.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bhutan 18.08.2013 12.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Morocco 01.09.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bolivia 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Mozambique 31.07.2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bosnia and Herzegovina 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Myanmar 15.09.2013 10.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Botswana 01.08.2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Namibia 01.08.2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Brazil 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Nauru 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Bulgaria 01.10.2013 15.11.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Nepal 15/08/2013 15/10/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Burkina Faso 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Netherlands 01.08.2013 30.11.2013 Postdoc and Research
Burundi 01.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc New Zealand 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Cambodia 15.09.2013 30/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Nicaragua 01.10.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Cameroon 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Niger 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Cap Verde 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Nigeria 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Central African Republic 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Oman 02.08.2013 30/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Chad 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Pakistan 01.08.2013 30.09.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Chile 05.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Palau 12.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
China 01/03/2013 20/03/2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Palestinian Authority 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Colombia 06.08.2013 28.09.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Panama 01.10.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Comoros 06.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Papua New Guinea 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Cook Islands 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Paraguay 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Costa Rica 01.10.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Peru 01.08.2013 05.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Côte d’Ivoire 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Philippines 12.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Croatia 01.09.2013 15.11.2013 Research, Postdoc Poland 01.09.2013 31.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc
Cuba 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Portugal 15/08/2013 15/11/2013 Research, Postdoc
Cyprus 01/08/2013 15/10/2013 Research, Postdoc Qatar 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Czech Republic 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Republic of Congo 15/09/2013 15/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Republic of Korea (South Korea) 15.09.2013 30.11.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc
Democratic Republic of Congo 15/09/2013 15/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Romania 31.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Denmark 15.07.2013 15.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Russia 15/07/2013 31/10/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Djibouti 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Rwanda 01.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Dominica 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Salomon Islands 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Dominican Republic 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Samoa 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Ecuador 19.09.2013 21.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Santa Lucia 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Egypt 01.08.2013 14.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc São Tome and Príncipe 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
El Salvador 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Saudi Arabia 02.08.2013 30/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Equatorial Guinea 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Senegal 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Eritrea 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Serbia 01.08.2013 23.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
 Estonia 15.08.2013 15/11/2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Seychelles 01.08.2013 : 09.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Ethiopia 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Sierra Leone 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Fiji 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Singapore 05.09.2013 05.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Finland 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Slovakia 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
France 15/09/2013 15/11/2013 Research, Postdoc Slovenia 03.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
 Gabo 15.09.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Somalia 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Gambia 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc South Africa 01/08/2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Georgia 02.09.2013 28.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc South Sudan 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Ghana 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Spain 01.08.2013 15.12.2013 Research, Postdoc
Granada 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Sri Lanka 01.09.2013 31.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Greece 17.09.2013 31.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc St-Vincent and the Grenadines 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Guatemala 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc St. Kitts and Nevis 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Guinea 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Sudan 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc
 Guinea-Bissau 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Surinam 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Guyana 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Swaziland 01.08.2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Haiti 02/08/2013 15/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Tajikistan 01.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Honduras 02.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Tanzania 01/08/2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Hungary 02.08.2013 15.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Thailand 15.09.2013 30/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
India 18.08.2013 12.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Timor-Leste 12/08/2013 02/12/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Indonesia 12/08/2013 02/12/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Togo 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Iran 15/09/2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Tonga 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoctoral
Iraq 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Tunisia 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Ireland 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Turkmenistan 15.08.2013 18.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Israel 01/08/2013 06/01/2014 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Tuvalu 01.09.2013 15.11.2013 Research, Postdoctoral
Italy 01/10/2013 20/12/2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Trinidad and Tobago 15.09.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoctoral
Jamaica 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Turkey 01.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Japan 01.09.2013 22.11.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Uganda 01.08.2013 09.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Jordan 02.08.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Ukraine 01.09.2013 10.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Kazakhstan 01.08.2013 15/12/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc United Arab Emirates 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Kenya 01.08.2013 14.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Uruguay 01.08.2013 17.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoctoral
 Kiribati 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Uzbekistan 02.08.2013 31/10/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Kosovo 01.09.2013 30.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc United States of America 01.08.2013 17.10.2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoctoral
 Kuwait 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Vanuatu 01.08.2013 16.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
 Kyrgyzstan 10.09.2013 10.12.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Venezuela 01.08.2013 31.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Laos 15.09.2013 30/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Vietnam 01.09.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Latvia 15.08.2013 15/11/2013 Fine Arts, Research, Postdoc Yemen 02.08.2013 30/11/2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Lebanon 03.09.2013 22.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Zambia 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc
Lesotho 01.08.2013 30.10.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc Zimbabwe 02.08.2013 15.11.2013 PhD, Research, Postdoc

Read more: Swiss Government Scholarships: Excellence Scholarships 2014/15 : Scholarship Positions 2014 2015

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