Grants and Scholarships

Swiss Confederation, Swiss Universities, and Federal Institutes offer scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Read more about PhD, Post-doctoral, research grants, and scholarships.

Organizations in Switzerland in several areas open calls, offer study programmes, project funding, grants, and promote international contests for startups, students and researchers: stay up to date with opportunities in 2018! Find more information here.

Grants and scholarships


ETH Zurich Post-doctoral Fellowship Programme

The “ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program” supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers.

For application details, click here.
Submission deadlines: 1 March and 1 September, 2018

Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Grants

Ambizione, Ambizione-PROSPER and Ambizione-SCORE grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. The funding scheme would like to promote qualified researchers from Switzerland and excellent researchers from abroad. The grants comprises the salary and project funds for a maximum of three years.

For application details, click here.
Submission deadline: 1 November 2018

Swiss National Science Foundation Mobility grants in projects

Add to your research experience by going abroad! Mobility grants are aimed at doctoral students who wish to improve their scientific profile by going abroad while being employed in an ongoing SNSF research project.

For application details, click here.
Submission deadline: All year round

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for the 2018–2019 Academic Year

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). 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.

Read more about Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

University of Geneva International PhD program in Life Sciences

The University of Geneva Faculties of Medicine and Science join their forces to offer an outstanding study and research environment in Life Sciences. Highly motivated students with a Master’s degree or equivalent are welcome to apply to one or two of its six innovative doctoral programmes.

For more information, click here.
Submission deadline: 1 October 2018

UBS Center Scholarship for Zurich Graduate School of Economics, University of Zurich

Scholarships are open to graduates from around the world, they are awarded to candidates on the grounds of outstanding academic merit, and continuing support will be subject to satisfactory completion of course work. Admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics is a pre-condition for being considered for a UBS Center Scholarship. While preference may be given to students whose research plans include areas of interest of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society, applications from all areas are welcomed.The UBS Center Scholarships are full scholarships, covering living expenses and all fees.

For application details, click here.
Submission deadline: January 31st of the academic year

International Post-doctoral Fellowships, University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen offers “International Postdoctoral Fellowships” (IPF) in Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs for young researchers regardless of their nationality. Duration of the fellowship is 36 months.

For application details, click here.
Submission deadline: 10th January, 1st March, 1st September, 2nd November

Biozentrum Basel International PhD Program “Fellowships for Excellence”

The Biozentrum encourages talented, ambitious and highly motivated young scientists from all over the world to apply for the prestigious and sought after fellowships offered by the Biozentrum Basel International PhD Program. In contrast to many other PhD student programs that aim at a broad recruitment of many candidates, the “Biozentrum PhD Fellowships” are awarded on a competitive basis to a maximum of 10 successful candidates per open call. Recipients are offered a unique rotation-based selection of a research group of choice and a number of other incentives that foster the scientific excellence and the career prospects of these PhD candidates.

For more information, click here.
Online applications: 1 September to 15 December

University of Lausanne PhD Fellowships in Life Science starting April 2019

The Faculty of Biology and Medicine offers a broad choice of possibilities in different fields in the context of the outstanding scientific environment of Lausanne. Talented and motivated candidates who have or will have obtained Masters in Switzerland or abroad or equivalent degrees in an appropriate field before Autumn 2019 are invited to submit their application for a PhD fellowship before October 12, 2018.

For more information, click here.
Submission deadline: 12 October, 2018

Research Scholarship of University of Fribourg

Scholarships granted by the Rectorat to foreign researchers (living abroad) who would like to undertake a research stay at PhD or Post-PhD Level at the University of Fribourg. These are the research areas offered at the University of Fribourg.

Deadlines for application – research stay at PhD and Post-PhD Level:
February, 28th for a stay beginning on the following September, 1st at the earliest.
July, 31st for a stay beginning on the following February, 1st at the earliest.

The online registration link is available here.

University of Bern Doctoral Positions for International Students

University of Bern offers doctoral positions for upcoming international scholars. The call for applications targets highly motivated graduates of master’s programmes who have excelled in any discipline that is available at the University of Bern. Applicants will have to complete all of their studies-to-date outside of Switzerland, and achieved outstanding grades in their master’s degree.

Application deadlines for PhD Candidates:
For the fall semester: 15 October / For the spring semester: 31 March
(You can apply to do a doctorate throughout the year).

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The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science

ETH Zurich hosts a prestigious program that provides funding for selected postdocs throughout the world for up to five years: The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science. It is open to postdocs with outstanding qualifications who are pursuing unusual projects on the frontier between society and science. Fellows are free to choose their host institution among the top universities worldwide. Once a year in November a symposium is held at ETH Zurich to bring together all fellows.

Deadlines for application: January 15, 2019.

You can find more details on the program, the eligibility criteria and on the application procedure:

Master’s Grants and Scholarships

EURAXESS Brazil & LAC Funding opportunities


EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion” is a European Commission initiative focused on researcher mobility and career development. Among other activities, EURAXESS supports individual researchers in finding jobs or funding opportunities to make their research stay in Europe a reality. Download the compilation of open calls to fund researchers’ mobility and cooperation with European teams (Issue 20, November 2018):


Calls, study programmes, project funding, grants, and contests


GlobalStars Call Brazil 2018

GlobalStars Call Brazil 2018 is open, in the framework of the EUREKA Initiative. All projects with Brazil are welcome, with a particular focus to projects of Micro and Nanoelectronics. The Global Stars Call between Brazil and Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland is addressing industrial and academic partners from participating countries to implement R&D projects together. Setting up a Global Stars-project requires at least two companies – one from Brazil and one from the EUREKA countries listed above – and an ambitious market-oriented research project. National and regional agencies from these countries will offer funding for selected countries to enable an intensified collaboration. Read more specific funding information on all participating countries in the Call (PDF).

Application Deadline: 31 October 2018.

E³ Program EPFL Excellence in Engineering

The EPFL Excellence in Engineering Program offers an intensive research training opportunity to students interested in research careers in any field of engineering, science and technology. You will be working as a member of the research group for a period of 8 to 12 weeks during the summer months. An extension to a full semester can be discussed on a case by case basis.

Submission deadline: 1 february, 2019

DayOne Acceleration Program

DayOne, the Swiss innovation hub for precision medicine and digital health run by, is launching an acceleration program supported by Fondation Botnar. Applications are now open to project ideas improving the wellbeing and health of children and adolescents worldwide. Seeking brilliant project ideas that, combined with digital technologies, healthcare expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, will help solve the health challenges and unmet needs of young people. Selected projects will receive up to 70,000 CHF in non-dilutive funding.

Designing Advanced Services at the the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (Supsi)

The applications are open for the courses “Designing Advanced Services” and “From Project Ideas to Market” that provides the skills for developing a digital-based project with a successful business plan. Talented students from Brazil have the opportunity to have a scholarship. The courses will take place during the month of January and March 2019 as part of the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design SUPSI.

About the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design
The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Interaction Design combines design thinking, prototyping techniques, digital fabrication, programming, and physical computing in one study program addressing the realization of projects in which the interaction between the design culture and the technological development allows to generate design-driven innovations.The program places Interaction design at the center of an original curriculum where it serves as the key element in the design of Advanced Artifacts, Environments, and Services. The goal of the MAS is to train skilled professionals who play a key role within the most innovative industrial and design fields.


Study programmes at the World Trade Institute – University of Bern

Summer Academy: 3 weeks of studying cutting-edge issues in investment and trade law and policy. Designed for private and public sector and civil society professionals as well as higher-education students.
Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE), which will be entering its 19th year this September.
TRAIL+ (LL.M. & DAS) programme targeting law graduates looking to take the next step in their careers or in academia.

The World Trade Institute is a leading academic institution dedicated to teaching and research focused on international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science. The WTI combines graduate-level education, interdisciplinary research and specialised advisory services.