Excellence Fellowships


Holders of a scholarship awarded by an outside body (i.e. a private enterprise, foundation, foreign institution) may be eligible for fast-track registration at the International Affairs Office and for exemption from paying tuition fees, except the fix taxes of 65.- CHF, which should be paid every semester.



  • Holder of a university degree
  • Scholarship awarded on the basis of scientific merit (rather than, for example, financial need)
  • Short-term studies (more than 3 months  and up to 3 years) at UNIGE, for research purposes or for further academic study
  • The status of Excellence Scholarship Holder precludes undertaking any administrative procedures for another post (i.e. teaching assistantship or internship)
  • To have a good command of French, which is the relevant language at the University of Geneva, even though English can be useful too

Excellence scholarship holders shall automatically have non-degree status. 

The monthly stipend shall amount to at least the minimum required for a single student to support him/herself on in Geneva, currently rated at approximately CHF 2000. The university unit in charge of the scholarship holder may top up the stipend (allocations shall not come from the Geneva department of education [DIP]). The scholarship holder status rules out any salary remuneration.

Excellence scholarship holders may be entitled to bring over family members if they can prove sufficient income as defined by the Cantonal Population Office (Office Cantonal de la Population).