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Swiss Government Scholarships for Croatian Students in Switzerland, 2019

Swiss Government is offering excellence scholarships for Croatian scholars in Switzerland. These scholarships are available for pursuing PhD, postdoctoral research and Fine Arts programs at one of the public funded universities or recognized institution.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: Opening of the call: September 01, 2018 Submission deadline: November 15, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD, postdoctoral, research and Fine Arts programs.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.
  • Scholarship Award:

Research Fellowship:

  1. The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
  2. For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  3. There are no family allowances.
  4. 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).
  5. Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  6. One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  7. Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Postdoctoral Scholarships:

  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.

PhD Scholarships:

  1. The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1’920.
  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 fieldwork or 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.

Fine Arts Scholarships:

  1. The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
  2. For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: the FCS pays mandatory Swiss health insurance.
  3. There are no family allowances.
  4. 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).
  5. Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  6. One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  7. Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.
  • Nationality: Applicants from Croatia can apply for these scholarships.
  • Number of ScholarshipsNumbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: Applicants from Croatia can apply for these scholarships.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Research Fellowship:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognised by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the scholarship next September. As a proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicants must be born after 31 December 1983.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland for 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 research. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centre piece 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 research/studies.
  • 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.
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Postdoctoral Scholarships:

  • PhD degree achieved after 31 December 2015 and before 31 August 2019 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 for 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.

PhD Scholarships:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognised by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the scholarship next September. As a proof, the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicant’s date of birth after 31 December 1983.
  • 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 PhD thesis. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants for doctoral schools (doctoral programmes) *): in addition to all other application documents (including the support letter from a supervisor), the admission letter from the doctoral school is required with the application dossier.
  • As this takes time applicants must plan accordingly and submit their application for admission to the doctoral school sufficiently in advance of the scholarship programme deadline.
  • Please note: If the chosen doctoral school does not allow you to contact a supervisor before being admitted to the school, the application for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship is not possible. *)
  • There are basically two different ways to achieve a doctorate degree (aka PhD). The first and best-known way consists in undertaking doctoral studies under the supervision of an academic mentor (supervisor). The second way consists in being admitted to a doctoral programme (aka doctoral school) which provides the framework for the following doctoral studies.
  • 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 PhD studies/ research. Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The FCS application for a PhD scholarship and the application for admission by a Swiss University for a PhD study are two separate procedures.
  • The admission to a PhD study at your chosen Swiss University is a conditio sine qua non for a potential attribution of a FCS scholarship – but no guarantee though for a positive decision by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students FCS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to manage both procedures in parallel.
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Fine Arts Scholarships:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be born after 31 December 1983. Applicants should start their scholarship no later than three years after graduating with their Bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Master’s programme.
  • Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The application for an FCS Fine Arts Scholarship and the application for admission by your chosen Swiss conservatory or art school (university of applied sciences) are two separate procedures. FCS applicants have to document that an institution has accepted them or that they are being considered for admission. This may be in the form of a conditional acceptance pending an entry exam or other specific requirements.
  • Without such a document, the application will be rejected.

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: The application package can be obtained by email from the Swiss Embassy in Zagreb (see below).

Please submit 2 sets (=1 original + 1 copy) of application documents in the 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 1 st set). No copies for the 2nd set.

  1. Signed FCS application form (typed and printed) with the photo.
  2. A full CV with a list of academic publications, awards etc.
  3. A motivation letter (max. 2 pages).
  4. A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages, signed), using exclusively the FCS research proposal form.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 the 2nd set.
  7. 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. Originals have not to be submitted.
  8. Signed medical certificate (use only the FCS health certificate form).
  9. 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 the “Permis B”.

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