Swiss Government University Scholarships for African Students 2012-2013

The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships annually to foreign students including students from eligible African countries, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). There are three types of scholarships for international students:
University Scholarships (Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology),
Arts Scholarships (schools of music and fine arts) and
Scholarships for Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS).
These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university or recognised institution.

Eligible African Countries
Students from the eligible African countries below can only apply for the University Scholarships (Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology).
Arts scholarships, University of applied sciences scholarships are Not available for the African Students.
Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Morroco, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Tunisia

Swiss Government University
Scholarship for African Students- 2011 2012
University scholarships are open to students from all countries mentioned in the scholarship list including non-African countries. The university scholarships are intended exclusively for study at one of Switzerland's 10 universities or 2 federal institutes of technology.

1. Applicants for the University Scholarships must;
* hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
* be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
* contact the institution and/or the professor supervising their period of research. Universities may request supplementary information and/or set certain additional conditions to determine whether or not you qualify for admission.
* be under the age of 35 (born on or after 1 January 1976).
* be suitably proficient in the language of instruction (French, German, Italian or English) in order to draw full benefit from their studies in Switzerland.

2. Candidates who have already embarked on the first year of a Masters programme at a Swiss university or UAS are no longer eligible for a Swiss government scholarship. Such applications will not be considered by Swiss diplomatic representations.
3. Swiss government scholarships may not be combined with other scholarships or awards.

Scholarship Amount
Scholarships consist of monthly payments of:
CHF 1920.- for postgraduate students
The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students does not cover the cost of academic and/or term fees. Generally-speaking, the universities and the Zurich Federal Institute of Technology exempt holders of Swiss government scholarships from term fees (~CHF 600 per term), but not necessarily from Masters programme enrolment fees. In the event that these fees are not waived, it is up to the scholarship holder to arrange payment.

Program Duration
Scholarships are provided for a nine-month academic year. Scholarships for postgraduate or Masters programs lasting up to 2 years (3 or 4 semesters) may be extended depending on results from the first year.

Application procedure
If you fulfil the eligibility requirements contact the Swiss diplomatic representation in your country of origin. See links below.
The diplomatic representation will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the procedure including application forms and a list of required documentation (PDF).

Nature of Awards
Technically, the scholarships are offered to the government of the student's country of origin and not to the student. Applications are subject to preliminary selection by the relevant national authorities and/or the Swiss diplomatic representation. The Swiss diplomatic representation then passes on the selected applications to the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) which subsequently takes the final decision. The FCS is composed of academic staff drawn from Swiss universities. Scholarship awards are made on the basis of academic and scientific excellence.

Answers to Some Likely Questions

Where can I get information about the application process in my home country?

The Swiss Diplomatic Representation in your home country will provide you with all the information on how the procedure works.

Where can I get the application package?
The application package can be obtained from the national institution in charge of scholarships or from the Swiss Diplomatic Representation in your home country.

What is the deadline for the application?
Each country has its own application deadline. Usually it is around October or November. Please get in contact with the Swiss Diplomatic Representation in your home country in order to know their application deadline.

What kind of studies can be undertaken with a Swiss Government Scholarship?
Swiss Government Scholarships are for full time postgraduate studies (pre and post doctoral Research Fellowships, or Master degrees) in one of the Swiss Universities. Research fellowships will be given priority.

What are the fields included in the Swiss Government scholarship?
Candidates from all fields are welcome to apply for a Swiss Government scholarship.

What is the medium of study in Switzerland?
Depending upon the curriculum, the medium of study can be English, German, French, or Italian. Please check with the program to see the teaching language. Research scholarships are usually in English. Generally, from the Master level onwards engineering and natural sciences studies are also in English.

When does the scholarship start?
The scholarship always starts at the beginning of the academic year (from September to June). It is not possible to start the scholarship in the Spring Semester or any other time in the year.

Swiss Embassy in Your Country- contact:
Ivory Coast
South Africa

For more details about how to apply for the Swiss Government Scholarships visit:


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