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.


The application and all supporting documents must be sent in PDF format to washington.science@eda.admin.ch by January 15, 2021. In order to be considered for this scholarship, each application must contain:

  • The completed Application Form
  • A research project outline (e.g. an overview of the tasks and milestones of your project that you agreed on with your host professor) and explanation of why you should be awarded the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship and why you would make an excellent “student ambassador” in the future (please keep this within 3-4 pages)
  • A CV (no more than two pages)
  • A copy of your current university transcripts and diplomas (if applicable)
  • A letter of acceptance from the professor and/or hosting institution in Switzerland (we expect this letter to highlight the relevance of your research)
  • A letter of recommendation from a current professor who can attest to the applicant’s abilities

The last three requirements (points 4-6) indicated above can be sent separately to washington.science@eda.admin.ch by universities and references themselves. However, all requested documents (points 1-6) must be sent by January 15, 2021 which is the final deadline for the completion of the application process.


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