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).

For more information, click here


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: www.brancoweissfellowship.org.


Master of Advanced Studies in European and International Governance

The Master of Advanced Studies in European and International Governance is designed for student and professionals who have obtained at least a Bachelor diploma. It aims to transfer knowledge about European and international governance, as well as to provide participants with the essential professional skills to become a leader in this specific field. The MEIG Programme prepares participants for leading positions in international or national organisations (public and private sector) working on governance issues.

A range of different scholarships are offered to help cover tuition fees. If awarded, the amount of financial aid is calculated according to the applicant’s financial situation, as reported in the scholarship and financial aid application form.

Application Deadlines (please note that there are three application sessions):
First sessions: from 1st November 2018 to 30 November 2018

Second session: from 30 November to 15 January 2019
Third Session: from 15 January to 1 March 2019.
Further information here.


Summer Undergraduate Research Programme in the biological sciences – Université de Lausanne

This English-taught 8-week programme (July 8th to August 29th, 2019) aims at introducing Bachelor-level students to the world of biological and biomedical research: Individual students will be each integrated in a different experimental research laboratory of the School of Biology. This 10th edition of the SUR Programme will host around 15 participants from all over the world, including a couple of local students.

For application details, click here.
Application deadline : 20 January 2019


The EuroTechPostdoc Programme grants 40 fellowships to experienced researchers and provides its fellows exceptional international research and career development opportunities across 4 leading technical universities in Europe (Technical University of Denmark, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL, Eindhoven University of Technology and Technical University of Munich). Following the accession of École Polytechnique Paris – L’X to EuroTech Universities Alliance, l’X will be integrated as co-hosting institution for the EuroTechPostdoc Call of 2019.

The EPFL, as part of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, would like to inform you of the launch of the 2019 call for the ‘EuroTechPostdoc’ Programme, with a deadline for applications on February 28th, 2019. We would be very grateful if you could disseminate the information regarding this call for proposals on the Swissnex Brazil website and if possible among your contacts.


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): bit.ly/FO112018

 


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

 

The Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context

Application is now open for the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” held on June 3-8, 2019 at the Institute of Social Ethics ISE at the University of Lucerne. The Summer University is organized under the patronage of UNESCO and enables those active in the fields of science and research to examine moral questions and ethical topics of today and tomorrow in a global context – beyond the boundaries of academic fields, cultures, traditions, religions and world views – and to search together for solutions and the possibilities of implementing them. This involves critical analysis, constructive discussions and the consideration of different perspectives. PhD/Doctoral and MA students from around the world and from different disciplines can apply to take part in building a global network for sustainable responsibility.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019


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 BaselArea.swiss, 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.