Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss Confederation awards various post-graduate scholarships to foreign scholars of all disciplines and to some foreign artists:

  • University research fellowships for scholars, doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology and universities of applied sciences (no scholarships for bachelor or masters studies)
  • Arts scholarships for advanced-level artists at Swiss conservatories and universities of the arts (only for a limited number of countries)

Scholarships for Swiss students

The scholarship office of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities swissuniversities administers the foreign governmental scholarships of about 40 countries on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The scholarships are offered to Swiss students, researchers and artists to study for a period of time abroad. For more details:

Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities swissuniversities

Beware fake scholarship offers in the name of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships (phishing)

The Swiss authorities are issuing this warning about fake scholarships advertised by email. The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) does not advertise scholarships by email; as a rule, scholarships are directly managed by the Swiss representation in the country concerned. The Swiss authorities recommend not responding to such emails and, above all, not transferring any money.


Scholarships for foreign students at Brazilian universities

In Brazil, education contributions (loans) are granted to students who complete a post-mandatory education. The Financing Fund for university students (Fundo de Financiamento ao Estudante do Ensino Superior (Fies), see link:, finances students from Brazil and from developing countries, who cannot afford the cost of attending university.

The CAPES scholarship program (Coordenação de Nivel Superior de Aperfeiçamento de Pessoal) is based on bilateral agreements. Currently no bilateral agreement of this kind exists between Switzerland and Brazil and therefore Swiss students do not qualify for this program.


Swiss Federal Scholarships for Brazilian postgraduate students

The Swiss government annually awards 10 to 15 scholarships for postgraduate studies (PhD, postdoc, research).
For more information please refer to the following link: