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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020

(Published - 19 August 2020)

Apply for a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

Call for South African citizens is open until 15 December 2020.

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD.

For South African citizens three different types of fully funded scholarships are offered starting in September 2021 in all academic fields:

  • PhD Scholarships
  • The scholarship is valid for 12 months and renewable for a maximum of 3 years
  • Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent University degree recognized by a Swiss University.
  • The applicant must not be older than 35 years at the time of application
  •   Postdoctoral Scholarships
  • The scholarship is valid for 12 months and renewable for a maximum of 6 months.
  • The applicants should have a PhD degree.
  • There cannot be a gap of more than 5 years between the award of the PhD and the application deadline
  • Research Scholarships
  • The Scholarship is intended for highly qualified postdoctoral researchers from all academic fields as well as young Medical Doctors.
  • The scholarship is valid for 12 months maximum and non-renewable.
  • The applicant should have a Master’s degree or equivalent
  • The applicant must not be older than 35 years at the time of application

The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:

a) Candidate profile
b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation

Funding from the Swiss Confederation
The following expenses are funded through the scholarships:

  • Stipend: Postdoctoral research: CHF 3500/month
  • Stipend: PhD and Research scholarship: CHF 1920/month
  • Mandatory Swiss health insurance
  • One-time lump sum of CHF 300.-with the first grant payment to help for payment of the housing deposit.
  • Flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.

 

Register for the introductory webinar on 15 September 2020 at 4.30PM at https://bit.ly/3iKRfGM

For more information, please visit: www.sbfi.admin.ch/scholarships_eng and www.studyinswitzerland.plus

To enquire the full application package, please contact the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa by email: pretoria.science@eda.admin.ch

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