Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a ThinkSwiss Scholarship you must:

  • currently be enrolled at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university/college,
  • be a graduate student or an undergraduate student who will have completed their sophomore year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins, and
  • Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that they will accept you for a research stay in their group.

For applications to ETHZ, a minimum research stay of 91 days is required, as well as a visa.


Application for ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship 2024

In order to apply, please fill out the contact form below and upload all supporting documents in PDF format by December 31st, 2023. In order to be considered for this scholarship, each application must contain:

  1. The completed application online form
  2. A research project outline (e.g. an overview of the tasks and milestones of your project that you agreed on with your host professor, max. 2 pages single-spaced, and keep in mind, your audience are educated readers but not necessarily experts in your field)
  3. A letter of motivation/explanation of why you should be awarded the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, why you would make an excellent “student ambassador” in the future, and why you choose Switzerland as your research destination (please keep this within 2 pages)
  4. A CV (no more than two pages)
  5. A copy of your current university transcripts and diplomas (if applicable)
  6. A letter of acceptance from the host professor and/or hosting institution in Switzerland (we expect this letter to highlight the relevance of your research)
  7. A letter of recommendation from a current professor who can attest to the applicant’s abilities (the professor can send us the document in a separate email, but please make sure that the subject contains “ThinkSwiss application” and your name)

For further questions please contact washington.science@eda.admin.ch. Note: December 31st, 2023 is the final deadline. We cannot review applications submitted after the deadline.

All supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format. After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an automated email response confirming your submission. In any case, please send us an email to washington.science@eda.admin.ch to inform us about your submission. 

Please allow us a couple of days to contact you personally after your submission. If you do not receive a personal email from this office within one week after your submission, please get in touch with us.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Applications for the ThinkSwiss 2024 research scholarship are now closed. 

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