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ThinkSwiss is a scholarship program managed by the Science Office of the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C., with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The program is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). This program aims to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for U.S. and Canadian students and to foster exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

The ThinkSwiss research scholarship offers the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students and researchers, respectively, who are enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian university at the time of travel, to pursue a two- to three-month research project at a public Swiss institution. Successful candidates will receive grants according to the length of their stay, with funding averaging around USD 1,600 per month.

The ThinkSwiss program also offers travel grants for U.S. and Canadian participants to attend several Swiss summer schools. The participants benefit from hands-on research, training and exposure to cutting-edge issues within their professional research community. Participants are selected by the respective summer school.

Fulbright-Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Fulbright-Swiss Government Excellence scholarships are offered through Switzerland’s Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

These scholarships fund research stays for six to twelve months. For U.S. students and artists interested in this opportunity, this program is administered by the International Institute of Education (IIE), the information for which can be found here.

Doing Research in Switzerland, 2021
Doing Research in Switzerland, 2021 © Embassy of Switzerland in the USA

Do you want to read about the impressions, experiences and thoughts of American and Canadian students who did research in Switzerland?

Have a look at our new brochure Doing Research in Switzerland (PDF, 20 Pages, 10.8 MB, English) featuring many testimonials by former ThinkSwiss awardees