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15.01.2015 15:57:00

Swiss Government Excellence Research Scholarships for foreign students offered by The Swiss Government through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students FCS (Franklin College Switzerland))

Objectives: to enable selected applicants to undertake a research in the realm of their PhD or their medical specialization in one of the 10 Swiss Public Universities, the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the public teaching and research institutes and the Universities of Applied Sciences.

The Scholarship is only valid for a full time Research in Switzerland. It is not valid for mixed research (part time in Switzerland and part time in a third country).

Target Group:  highly qualified postgraduate researchers from all academic fields as well as young Medical Doctors.

2015-2016 / Ukraine

Duration: 12 months maximum (non-renewable)

Amount and additional allowances: the scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of 1’920 Swiss Francs.

Exemption of the tuition fees (except for EPFL).

Mandatory Swiss Health insurance paid by the FCS (for non-EU and EFTA grantees only).

A lump sum for air fare for non-European grantees (provided at the end of the scholarship).

Special 300 Swiss Francs housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).

1 year half-fare public transportation card.

Counseling and various trips, dinners and sigh-seeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Eligibility Criteria and specific conditions:

  • 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.
  • Without such a document the application will be rejected.
  • 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 Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.

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