(International) Scholarships And Grants For Swiss Students: Opportunities and Resources

What scholarships are there?

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What does the application process roughly look like?

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  1. You check whether you meet the eligibility criteria. Those often include aspects like age, citizenship, (family) income, language proficiency, grade point average, amount of study semesters completed, amount of study semesters left to complete, and not currently receiving any other scholarships or financial support. As I mentioned right before, you may also have to live in a certain canton or city or have other affiliations. This information can always be found online.
  2. You send in your application with all the required documents. In 99% of cases, this includes your CV, Transcript of Records (an overview of all your courses and grades), a Personal Statement (why you should be awarded the scholarship and what you intend to do with it), an essay of some sorts, proof of meeting the eligibility criteria (e.g. language diplomas, financial records), and sometimes also a study and budget plan as well as multiple Letters of Recommendation (LoR). LoRs often have to be from professors or other people of “status”, and not only is getting multiple of them not easy, they should also be full of praise. Furthermore, you may have to get certified copies of your documents if they’re required to be in English or any other language. Besides it being a lot of effort to collect all these documents, it most often also costs quite a bit of money.
  3. Your application gets reviewed and you are (maybe) invited to a personal interview. The interview is usually held by the board of the respective foundation/scholarship or their representatives. As far as I understand, questions posed in these interviews revolve around your motivations, qualifications and plans. As I don’t have any personal experience with this, you can find a lot of information and tips on this on YouTube.
  4. Provided you pass the interview, what follows is the final confirmation that you were accepted. But then comes information meetings and more paperwork. The responsible people tell you what your next steps should be, and you go on to prepare for whatever your destination is. You may even have to attend another interview at the VISA office or apply for a spot at your desired university, possibly taking more tests (e.g. the GRE for US universities).
  5. You’re done! Well, at least for the time being. Many scholarships also demand that you’re actively and consistently engaged in the network and community, for example taking part in meetings and events and writing essays or giving talks on your experience. But if you’ve come this far, chances are that you don’t mind doing those :-)

The Fulbright Scholarship

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What does one do with all that information?



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Adani Abutto

Adani Abutto

Hi there, I’m a psychology student from Switzerland with various interests :) I have moved my writings to my website -> adaniabutto.com/