Fulbright-Swiss Foreign Student and Visiting Scholar Program


Applications for the 2025-2026 academic year will open in April 2024. Deadline is August 2, 2024.


As the most prestigious international exchange program in the world today, the Fulbright Program has been instrumental in fostering mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other nations for seventy years. Since its creation, the Fulbright Program has offered over 360,000 participants the opportunity to learn about the political and economic institutions and cultures of another country, exchange ideas, and conduct joint projects that serve the public good. Upon completion of their yearlong programs, Fulbright alumni join an extensive network of engaged, influential citizens of the world.

The U.S. Fulbright-Swiss Scholarship Student Program has been active for many years, providing scholarships for Swiss students and researchers to study and do research in the United States and for U.S. students and researchers to study and do research in Switzerland. The program continues to be an important tool for the U.S. and the Swiss governments to promote mutual understanding, as evidenced by their ongoing financial and administrative support of the Fulbright program.

The following information is for Swiss students and scholars only.  American nationals interested in applying for a Fulbright scholarship to Switzerland should visit the U.S. Fulbright Student Program website. Other nationals should visit the Fulbright website of their country of citizenship.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
If you want to pursue

  • a Master’s or Ph.D. degree;
  • non-degree coursework;
  • or Ph.D. research

The Grants are four to ten months in length and not renewable. They are to be used toward the cost of tuition and other academic expenses. In general, a grant for one academic year is about $20,000.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
This is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers, and experts from academic institutions in Switzerland. You can apply if you wish to go to the United States to

  • conduct post-doctoral research
  • lecture,
  • or pursue combined lecturing and research.

Awards are available for qualified faculty of Swiss universities and institutes of higher education for up to 10 months of teaching or research at a U.S. institution.

For more information on these programs and on how to apply please go to Swissuniversities
Effingerstrasse 15, 3008 Bern.
Email: fulbright@swissuniversities.ch
Telephone:  031-335 07 48
Hours: Monday through Friday, except Tuesday and Thursday afternoons