Grants and financial aid


Upon admission to a study program, you will have to plan your finances. To complete this task, you will have to define as precisely as possible your budget. (


If you are a foreign student, the first step to be done to finance your studies is to get information with your home country about the possibilities of scholarships for study abroad. If you do not fulfill the requirement from your States Grant Service, look for private financement (Foundations).

Swiss Government Scholarships

Each year, the Swiss government grants a series of scholarships called Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars (at PhD and Post-doctoral levels). You can find more information by clicking on the above title. To see the offer for a country, just select its name in the drop-down menu. The offer is published in early August for the next academic year (September of the following year). Application deadlines, fixed by each Swiss diplomatic representation, are mandatory. Applicants should start the process without delay in August.

Exchange Scholarship

The University of Geneva offers scholarships to students from a few specific partner universities in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Swiss National Science Fondation Scholarships

The Swiss National Science Fondation offers scholarships  to outgoing researchers, Phd or post-Phd Students 

Assistance from the University of Geneva

Possibilities of financial support is offered by the University of Geneva (financial aid). Be aware that no grant from the University is given to first year students.

Awards Scholarships Subsidies

The University has a number of permanent funds used to award prizes , scholarships, or to pay subsidies to the students of the University of Geneva.

Scholarships Master of Excellence (Faculty of Science)
The Faculty of Sciences, in collaboration with other external partners, has established a program of scholarships to support outstanding candidates highly motivated and who want to pursue a Master of Science in one of the disciplines covered by the Faculty


Finally, please note that professional work is regulated in Switzerland. Foreign students can not work more than 15 hours per week and students from countries outside the EU / EFTA states are subject to a restriction of work during the first six months of their studies (duration of the fall semester)