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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 

  • The Federal commission for scholarships and the Swiss government have collaborated in order to bring forward a scholarship program for the international students.

  • Worldwide students who wish to study in Switzerland can undertake admission in various universities of Switzerland and pursue their higher education in worlds most peaceful and beautiful country. 

  • The Swiss government has done this in order to promote research in the region. Most competitive and brilliant minds who have completed their post-graduation and want to pursue research are given a chance.

The scholarships are of four types

  • PhD Scholarships (12 to 36 months)

  • Fine Arts Scholarships (12  to 21 months)

  • Research Fellowships (12 months)

  • Postdoctoral Scholarships (12 months)

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Courses For Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 

The students can pursue postgraduate studies and research work in one of the following fields-

  • Science

  • Engineering

  • Art

  • Humanities

  • Medicine


No of scholarships: Not specified  

Host country: Switzerland   

Host institute: Participating institutes

Level of study: Scholarships are available for post graduate study programs (masters, PhD and preferably for research)

Courses: All courses available at stated universities

Benefits: Scholarship will grant a monthly stipend to cover living, health and travel expenses

Deadline: 31 August 


Postgraduate, doctoral and research.

Host country


Host institutes

Institutes for which students are eligible to apply to avail scholarship opportunity are listed here

  • Lucerne Arts and Applied sciences university

  • Basel University

  • Northwest Switzerland university of applied sciences

  • Lucerne University

  • Southern Switzerland arts and applied sciences university

  • Bern University

  • Western Switzerland applied for sciences university

  • Geneva University

  • ETH domain institutes of technology

  • Lugano University

  • Lausanne EPFL Swiss federal institute of technology

  • Lausanne University

  • Neuchatel University

  • St. Gallen University

  • Zurich University

Swiss Government Scholarship's Benefits

  • The Swiss Government Excellence scholarships amount varies with the level of study as Research, PhD, Fine Arts students will receive 1’920- Swiss Francs per month and Postdoctoral students will receive a sum of 3’500.- Swiss Francs per month.

  • Health insurance is provided.

  • Travel expenses are covered.

  • Study tours to various European regions and free dinner all sponsored by the Swiss government.

  • The scholarship winners will be provided with other living allowances and won’t be required to pay any kind of course fee.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Eligibility for Pakistani Student

  • The students must be a citizen of Pakistan.

  • If the Pakistani students are applying for postgraduate (masters) then must hold undergraduate with high score.

  • If the students are applying for PhD then must hold a postgraduate (masters) degree 

  • The Pakistani students applying for postgraduate are must not be above 35 years.

  • For post doc the Pakistani students must have completed their PhD not more than 5 years ago.

  • IELTS scores are a must and the score must be submitted in accordance with the preferred university.

  • Acceptance letter must be obtained from a professor from any one of the above universities. Without acceptance letter no student can receive the scholarship also the application won’t be submitted.

Application Procedure For Swiss Government Scholarship 

  • The Pakistani student is required to first acquire the acceptance letter from the university's professor.

  • The Pakistani student then has to obtain a scholarship package details and forms from the Swiss embassy Islamabad and request on the email

  • Send three copies of the required documents along with the typed Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship application form.

  • The selected Pakistani students will be called and interviewed at the Swiss embassy

  • After getting the scholarship then student must complete visa formalities for Switzerland.

Nationality Required


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Deadline

31 August

Documents Required At Time Of Application 

The following document are required to appy for Swiss Government Scholarship 

  • Acceptance letter from a university professor who has agreed to supervise the Pakistani student

  • Attested documents in accordance with the course level one is applying.

  • Motivation letter

  • Recommendation letter from the last university visited(2)

  • Research proposal of up to 5 pages

  • A copy of passport issued by the government of Pakistan

swiss scjolarship faq for Paistani students

FAQs About Swiss Government Scholarships 

What is Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships?

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for masters, PhD and postdoctoral studies.

How can I get scholarship?

Applicants are selected by the awarding body, the federal commission for scholarships for foreign affairs (FCS).

Do they speak English as an international language in Switzerland?

Though English is not the national language of Switzerland, but almost 45% of their population speak English.

Is Switzerland good for international students?

Switzerland is an ideal choice for international students to study abroad with several top ranked universities there that provide higher education to students along with their future prospective.

Are student from Pakistan eligible for the scholarship?

Yes the students from Pakistan can apply for this scholarship.

Is there any English language test score required?

Yes IELTS score is required for scholarship application.

Does the scholarship allow admission to all the universities of Switzerland?

No the scholarship won’t allow admission to any other university except from those stated above.

Does a Pakistani student need to visit the Swiss embassy in Pakistan?

No the Pakistani student will have to make a visit to the embassy only when called for an interview.

Can a Pakistani student seek this scholarship without the acceptance letter from a university professor?

No, acceptance letter must be obtained from the university’s professor for seek of scholarship.


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