Fulbright Scholarships

Call for Application: The 2020-2021 application cycle is now open. Application deadline is July, 2019

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 year-long 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 to study in the United States and for U.S. students to study 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.  In addition to government support, generous private sector donations permit an average of 10 grants to be awarded each academic year in support of Swiss participants.

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Swiss Scholars Program. 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.

The 2020-2021 application cycle is now open.
Application deadline: July, 2019

Information on how to apply for the Fulbright Swiss Scholarship Program for Swiss students and scholars can be obtained from swissuniversities.

Effingerstrasse 15, 3008 Bern.
Email: fulbright@swissuniversities.ch
Telephone:  031-335 07 48
Hours: Monday through Friday, except Tuesday and Thursday afternoons


  • Swiss citizenship (If you hold another citizenship you must contact the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in your citizenship country.)
  • All candidates must currently be affiliated with one of the universities or research institutions in Switzerland.
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. Professional candidates must have a minimum of 5 years professional experience in their field of study. Visual and performing arts applicants may be exempt from the requirements to have a third level qualification if they have 5 or more years of professional qualifications and or experience.
  • A clearly defined project statement of proposed activity at a U.S. institution: the proposed project should contribute to the development of knowledge in your field and must be effectively implemented within a 3-10 month time frame in the U.S.
  • English proficiency appropriate to the proposed teaching and/or research project to be carried out in the United States.  Proficiency is based on personal assessment, the TOEFL is not required.
  • Sound physical and mental health: those selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

In the following cases, you are not eligible to apply:

  • You hold dual citizenship with the United States, are a resident of the United States, or hold a “green card.”
  • You have not obtained a Ph.D. degree
  • You have recent U.S. experience (more than an aggregate period of 9 months in the United States during the past 5 years)
  • You have already received a stipend from the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • You are currently studying, researching, or lecturing at a U.S. university.
  • You are currently living or working in the United States.
  • Research/Teaching stays that begin before the start academic year can only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Applicants who plan a stay during the semester breaks need to explain their reasons in their application

U.S. students interested in applying for a Fulbright scholarship to Switzerland should visit the U.S. Fulbright Student Program website.