Switzerland
Excellence in education

New collaboration agreement between
the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Confederation (SERI) and COLFUTURO

On May 1st, 2019, SERI and COLFUTURO signed an agreement to promote cooperation through the provision of scholarships from the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships scheme for talented Colombian students admitted to Research projects, Postdoctoral or Ph.D. studies in a Swiss Public University, Federal Institute of Technology or University of Applied Sciences.

At least two candidates nominated by COLFUTURO will receive full scholarships, which include, but are not limited to, living allowance, health insurance, and allowance for returning tickets from Switzerland to Colombia.


In order to apply to the scholarships, students need to have found a professor at a Swiss academic institution willing to act as their supervisor for a research project, Postdoctoral or Ph.D. studies, to start their programs after September 2021.

Only applicants, who have lived less than twelve months in Switzerland before the start of the grant in September 2021, will be eligible to participate and compete for the scholarships.

Calls opens early August. We invite you to explore this website, to read the agreement and to apply to the Scholarship.

Relevant dates Start of the call:
August 10th 2020
Deadline of the Call:
October 19th 2020


Scholarships of the Government of Switzerland for Colombians

Requirements

  • Scholarships are for: Research fellowships, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate. There are no scholarships for Masters' degrees nor for artistic programs.

  • The candidate must have the acceptance of a supervisor for his research project and the admission letter from the doctoral school.

  • The files of the candidates residing in Switzerland for more than one year and who have already started a research, a Doctorate or Post-Doctorate in Switzerland are not considered, nor can the individuals who have been beneficiaries of a scholarship of the Government of Switzerland submit an application.

  • The candidate has to submit an application to one university only, having the knowledge of the language necessary to complete his or her studies or investigation. The English level shall be excellent.

  • Applications have to be submitted in the candidate‘s country of origin (citizenship). All candidates for a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship have to submit their application at the specified contact (normally the Swiss Embassy) responsible for their country of origin. Double citizen are free to choose the country of origin where they prefer to submit their application.

Conditions for the scholarships

  • The trip to Switzerland will not be paid, but the return after completing the term of the scholarship will be.

  • The candidate has to live in the canton where he or she will be studying. The candidate will receive one disbursement at the beginning of the scholarship for housing (CHF 300 or approx. COP 1 million).

  • The scholarship does not include costs related to family expenses.

  • In case the Universities and the Universities of Applied Sciences should not waive the fees, it is up to the grantee to pay for the fees.

  • If you are awarded another additional scholarship or you receive other forms of financial support (such as income from teaching and research assistance, etc.) you are asked to notify the Federal Commission for Scholarships.

  • There are no allowances for international conferences.

Application process

  • Publication of the call for the scholarships: each year in August, at www.colfuturo.org.

  • Call for proposals: from August to October

  • The evaluation will be jointly made by COLFUTURO and the Embassy. During the evaluation process, a personal interview may be conducted by the Embassy.

  • Announcement of students selected: In May of the following year, CFBE directly contacts the candidates to inform them whether they were or not awarded the scholarship.

  • Start of Scholarships: September 2021.

Research Fellowships

Are addressed to highly qualified investigators from all academic fields, with a limit (as of the date the application is submitted) of 35 years of age (Date of birth after 31 December 1985).

The candidate must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent degree (achieved before 31 July 2021), and must submit a letter (or email) from a professor who is willing to supervise his or her research. Failure to submit this document will result in the rejection of the file.

The person applying to the scholarship shall also have a research project with a schedule and a maximum date for completion thereof.

The scholarship covers maximum 12 months (with no possible extension thereof). The allowances amount to CHF 1.920 (approx. COP 6 million) per month.

Grant applications for stay lasting less than 6 months will be rejected.

This scholarship type is not available for scholars holding a PhD degree.

Doctorate scholarships

Aimed towards highly qualified post-graduated students, with a limit (as of the date the application is submitted) of 35 years of age (Date of birth after 31 December 1985). The person applying to the scholarship must have a Master's Degree or equivalent degree (achieved before 31 July 2021).

If the Doctorate makes part of a structured program with theoretical assignments, the candidate must submit a letter of admissions of the University. Failure to submit this document will result in the rejection of the file.

The person applying to the scholarship shall also have a research project with a schedule and a maximum date for completion thereof.

The scholarship covers maximum 3 years (the years are not automatically awarded. Each request of extension shall be evaluated pursuant to the criteria established by the CFBE and the academic results obtained). The allowances amount to CHF 1.920 (approx. COP 6 million) per month.

If the chosen doctoral school does not allow you to contact a supervisor before being admitted to the doctoral school, the application for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship is not possible.

Postdoctorate scholarships

Are addressed to highly qualified postdoctorate investigators. The candidate must have a Ph.D Degree (Achieved after 31 December 2017 and before 31 July 2021).

The person applying to the scholarship must submit a letter (or email) from a professor who is willing to supervise his or her Postdoctorate. Not accepted as academic supervisors for Postdoctoral scholarship applicants are their former PhD mentors and their co-directors for the cotutelle PhD if the academic supervisor is at a Swiss university.

Also, the candidate must have a research project with a schedule and a maximum date for completion thereof. Grant applications for stay lasting lessthan 6 months or for funding sabbaticals will be rejected.

The scholarship covers maximum 12 months (with no possible extension thereof). The allowances amount to CHF 3.500 (approx. COP 10 million) per month.