Swiss Government Scholarships for Albania Students, 2017-2018

INTRODUCTION

Swiss Government is offering excellence scholarships for Albania scholars in Switzerland. These scholarships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs at one of the public funded universities or recognized institution. The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a masters degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelors degree. Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

COURSE AND ELIGIBILITY

Scholarships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs. Scholarships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education. PhD Criteria . Masters degree or equivalent university degree recognized by the Swiss university. . The applicant must not be over 35 years old at the time of the application. . Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible. . Applicants must provide a letter (or email) from a professor at the Swiss host institution stating that they are willing and entitled to supervise the Ph.D. . In those cases where the Ph.D. is pursued within a structured doctoral school, applicants must include in their application an admission letter or proof that they are being considered for admission. Without such a document, the application will be rejected. For EPFL doctoral school candidates, the admission letter from the EPFL doctoral school is required. As this takes time, applicants must plan accordingly and submit their application for admission to the EPFL doctoral school sufficiently in advance of the scholarship program deadline. Without these documents, the application will be rejected. . Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe (this is the central piece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it). . Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the Ph.D. studies/research. . Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship. Postdoctoral Criteria . PhD degree . No more than five years may have passed between the award of the Ph.D. and the application deadline. . Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible. . Applicants must provide a letter (or email) from a professor at the Swiss host institution stating that they are willing and entitled to supervise the postdoctoral research. Without such confirmation, the application will be rejected. . Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe (this is the centerpiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it). . Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the postdoctoral research. . Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship. Research Criteria: . Masters degree or equivalent university degree. . The applicant must not be more than 35 years old at the time of the application. . Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible. . Applicants must provide a letter (or e-mail) from a professor at the Swiss host institution stating that they are willing to supervise the research. Without such confirmation, the application will be rejected. . Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centerpiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it. . Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the research/studies. . Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship. Nationality: Applicants from Albania can apply for these scholarships

CAREER PROSPECTS

College Admission Requirement Entrance Requirement: Ph.D: Masters degree or equivalent university degree recognized by the Swiss university Postdoctoral: Ph.D. degree Research: Masters degree or equivalent university degree Test Requirement: No English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

PAY PACKAGE

Scholarships will comprise of PhD Scholarships . The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920. . Tuition fees are waived. . For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS. . Non-European grantees receive a lump sum for their airfare (provided at the end of the scholarship). . Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship). . One-year half-fare public transportation card. . Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders. Postdoctoral scholarships: . The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 3,500. . Tuition fees are waived. . For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS. . Non-European grantees receive a lump sum for their airfare (provided at the end of the scholarship). . Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship). . One-year half-fare public transportation card. . Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders Research scholarships . The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920. . Tuition fees are waived. . For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS. . Non-European grantees receive a lump sum for their airfare (provided at the end of the scholarship). . Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship). . One-year half-fare public transportation card. . Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organized for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders. Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland Important Dates: The application deadline is 15th December 2016.
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