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Swiss Government Excellence Post-Doctoral Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Swiss Scholarship is sponsored by the Federal Commission of Scholarships (FCS) in collaboration with the Swiss government. Swiss Government Scholarship awards scholarships to more than 180 Countries. Participants with any Nationality are eligible.

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  • The Scholarship is valid only for full-time postdoctoral research in Switzerland. It is not valid for mixed research (part time in Switzerland and part time in another country). This scholarship is not compatible with field trips outside Switzerland,  Therefore no possibility and no funding for fieldwork.
  • The FCS will select scholarship holders for the 2020-21 academic year by the end of May 2020. Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year will be advertised online from August 2020.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Highly qualified postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their academic career from all academic fields.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Post-Doctoral Scholarships: 12 Months

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • PhD degree achieved after 31 December 2016 and before 31 July 2020 (PhD degree certificate) recognised by the Swiss university. As a proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland since more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the postdoctoral research. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Not accepted as academic supervisors for postdoctoral scholarship applicants are their former PhD mentors and their co-directors for the cotutelle PhD if the academic supervisor is at a Swiss university.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the postdoctoral research.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.
  • Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  1. The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 3’500.
  2. For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: the FCS pays mandatory Swiss health insurance.
  3. There are no family allowances.
  4. No financial support for conferences.
  5. Scholarship holders from non-EU and non-EFTA countries receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  6. Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  7. One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  8. Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

How to Apply

First Step: firstly prepare:

  • Signed FCS application form (typed and printed) with photo.
  • A full CV with list of academic publications, awards,
  • A motivation letter (max. 2 pages).
  • A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages, signed), using exclusively the FCS research proposal
  • A copy of the letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the postdoctoral research.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from two different professors in the applicant’s field (use exclusively the FCS reference form – originals in sealed envelopes only for the 1st set). No copies for 2nd set.
  • Photocopies of certificates and grade sheets from previously attended universities/colleges and diplomas with grades, starting with the most recent. If not in English, French, Italian or German with attested certified translations in English. Do not submit the original certificates.
  • Signed medical certificate (use only the FCS health certificate form).
  • Two copies of the applicant’s passport (main page with personal data). Dual nationals add copies of both passports. Applicants already in Switzerland during the application procedure add a copy of the residence permit for Switzerland.


  • The application package can be obtained by email from the Swiss Embassy in Cairo.
  • Please submit 2 sets (=1 original + 1 copy) of application documents in exact order given below: The 1st set contains the original, signed documents plus the confidential letters of recommendation and, if applicable the attested translations in English. The other set is the copy of the 1st set except for the confidential letters of recommendation (only 1st set). No copies for 2nd set.
  • Please do not put the documents into plastic folders or binders.

Questions and application documents, should be submitted to the following address – if not mentioned otherwise below:

Swiss Embassy

10, Abdel Khalek Sarwat Street

11511 Cairo


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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Amina Hamed / Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team