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Swiss government awards for Kenyan Students, 2017-2018

Swiss Government is offering excellence scholarships for Kenyan scholars in Switzerland. These opportunities are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs at one of the public-funded universities or recognized institution.

The Swiss Government Excellence The studentships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

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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 programmes 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.

  • Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs.
  • Study Subject: The studentships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.
  • The award can be taken in Switzerland

Eligibility

  • PhD Criteria
  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognized by the Swiss university.
  • The applicant must not be over 35 years old at the time of the application.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the PhD studies/research.
  • Postdoctoral Criteria
  • PhD degree
  • Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the program in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the postdoctoral research.
  • Research Criteria
  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree.
  • The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the time of the application.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the research/studies.

Nationality: Applicants from Kenya can apply for these endowments.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The application package can be obtained by email from the Swiss Embassy in Nairobi.  Applications should be submitted in triplicate, with the number of copies indicated (hard copies only). The original, signed documents and attested translations should be submitted, along with two copies. The other two sets are copies of the first set. For details see the Application Guidelines available at their contact institution. The official FCS 2017-2018 application form (typed and printed). Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  • A full curriculum vitae with a list of academic publications.
  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages).
  • A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages). Use only the official research proposal form provided with the application package.
  • A copy of the letter or email from a professor at the chosen Swiss university confirming that they are willing to supervise the PhD studies.
  • Include a short CV of your academic host supervisor.
  • Short CV of your actual academic contact person/mentor at your home institution.
  • Photocopies of all certificates and grade sheets from previously attended universities/colleges and diplomas with grades. (If the originals are not in English, French, German or
  • The copies must be translated into one of these languages and attested. Attestations can be made by a university or government officer.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors in the applicant’s field (use only the official reference form provided with the application package).
  • A health certificate (use only the official health certificate provided with the application package).
  • Each application set should contain two copies of the applicant’s passport (main page with personal data).
  • Entrance Requirement:
  • PhD: Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognized by the Swiss university
  • Postdoctoral: PhD degree
  • Research: Master’s degree or equivalent university degree
  • 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

Benefits

financial aid positions will comprise of

PhD Scholarships

  • The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
  • Tuition fees are waived.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  • Non-European grantees receive a lump sum for their airfare (provided at the end of the program).
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the program).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Postdoctoral scholarships:

  • The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 3,500.
  • Tuition fees are waived.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  • Non-European grantees receive a lump sum for their airfare (provided at the end of the program).
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the program).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders

Research scholarships

    • The aid amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
    • Tuition fees are waived.
    • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
    • Non-European grantees receive a lump sum for their airfare (provided at the end of the program).
    • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the program).
    • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
    • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Application Deadline: Closed

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