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

Worldwide student 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-

  1. PhD Scholarships (12 to 36 months)

  2. Fine Arts Scholarships (12  to 21 months)

  3. Research Fellowships (12 months)

  4. Postdoctoral Scholarships (12 months)


swiss government excellence scholarship programs


The student pursuing doctoral and research work in one of the following fields-

  1. Science

  2. Engineering

  3. Art

  4. Humanities

  5. Medicine



masters, doctoral and research.


Host country



Host institutes

  1. Lucerne Arts and Applied sciences university

  2. Basel University

  3. Northwest Switzerland university of applied sciences

  4. Lucerne University

  5. Southern Switzerland arts and applied sciences university

  6. Bern University

  7. Western Switzerland applied for sciences university

  8. Geneva University

  9. ETH domain institutes of technology

  10. Lugano University

  11. Lausanne EPFL Swiss federal institute of technology

  12. Lausanne University

  13. Neuchatel University

  14. St. Gallen University

  15. Zurich University


swiss excellence sch benefits for Pakistani students

  • The scholarship amount varies with the level of study as Research, PhD, Fine Arts 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.






  • The student must be a citizen of Pakistan.

  • If the Pakistani student is applying for masters then must hold bachelor’s degree with high score.

  • If the student is applying for PhD then must hold a master’s degree.

  • The Pakistani students applying for masters and PhD are must not be above 35 years.

  • For post doc the Pakistani student 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.



The following document are required and then the procedure stated below needs to be followed-

Documents Needed

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

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

  3. Motivation letter

  4. Recommendation letter from the last university visited(2)

  5. Research proposal of up to 5 pages

  6. A copy of passport issued by the government of Pakistan.

Application Procedure

  1. The Pakistani student is required to first acquire the acceptance letter from the university professor.

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

  3. Send three copies of the above documents along with the typed application form.

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

  5. The application for the scholarship and the college must go parallel.

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


Nationality required:



Dates and deadlines:

31 August


Number of scholarships:

Not specified


swiss scjolarship faq for Paistani students

Question 1

Are student from Pakistan eligible for the scholarship?


Yes the students from Pakistan can apply for this scholarship.

Question 2

Is there any English language test score required?


Yes IELTS score is required.

Question 3

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.

Question 4

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.

Question 5

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


Yes a Pakistani student does need to submit the acceptance letter.



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