Scholarships & Funding Opportunities


In Switzerland, only few students at bachelor and master’s level hold a scholarship or grant. Most students finance their programme and costs of living through part-time work. While tuition fees vary between CHF 500 and CHF 2,000 per semester/term, the costs of living are high though. Furthermore, grant availability for PhD students is much higher.

  1. Does your government offer study grants and scholarships through which you could finance your stay in Switzerland?
  2. If you are an exchange student, does your home university offer scholarships for studying 1-2 semesters in Switzerland?
  3. Would you be eligible for a student job alongside your study programme in Switzerland?
  4. Check out the funding opportunities of Swiss universities and companies. Several universities have grants/scholarships at faculty/department/institute or student body level. Make sure to check out these grants when you have chosen your study programme.

Short-term mobility

Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) Scholarship

SEMP is the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education. As a SEMP incoming student, you will receive a mobility grant from the Swiss government. This ranges from CHF 380 to CHF 440 a month depending on your country of origin. Contact the responsible office at your home university in order to find out about the requirements for participation, the application deadlines at your home university, the required documents, etc.

Your online application for a SEMP stay at a Swiss university is also an automatic application for the grant. The grant is paid out directly by the Swiss host institution. General information about SEMP can also be found on the website of the national agency for exchange and mobility Movetia.


Young Swiss Abroad

Scholarships for Young Swiss Abroad Studying in Switzerland

Young Swiss abroad usually have the possibility to apply for a scholarship for their  home canton or training. Each canton has its own grant regulations, and so the pre-requisites fand the amount of the grant, as well as the necessary formalities and deadlines, vary greatly from canton to canton (Education Suisse).

Federal Scholarships

For PhD Students, Artists and Young Researchers

  1. University/Faculty or Department Scholarships for PhD Students
    Several departments and institutes offer scholarships or grants. However, they rarely provide full coverage. Check your future department’s scholarship or grant programme.
  2. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists
    Are you an excellent PhD Student or Artist?
    The Swiss Government awards Excellence Scholarships to foreign graduates, post-graduates and artists holding a recognised university degree. Detailed information about offers and requirements is available on the website of the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).
  3. Swiss National Science Foundation
    Mandated by the federal government, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports science in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine and the engineering sciences. The SNSF is Switzerland’s foremost research funding organisation and finances over 3,200 projects involving 14,800 researchers each year.
    Find further information on SNSF.

Master and MBA Student Scholarships

Offered by Universities and Companies



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