2020 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program for Asia-Pacific

Deadline: January 15, 2020.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program Asia-Pacific is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by swissnex India and the Embassies of Switzerland in Singapore and in Australia. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for Indian, Australian and Singapore students and to foster the exchange between Swiss and Asia-Pacific universities & institutions.


To apply for a ThinkSwiss Scholarship you must:

• Currently be enrolled at an accredited Indian, Australian or Singapore university/ institute

• Be a master degree student or a bachelor degree student who will have completed the 2 nd year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins

• Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that he/ she will accept you for a research stay in his/ her group


1. The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship provides a prorated amount according to the length of your stay, maximum upto three months: a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,600 (approx. USD 1,600) for a period of two to three months (CHF 4,800 maximum).

2. Please note that this amount covers only a portion of the average student’s living expenses and that you will be asked to prove sufficient financial means to the Swiss Cantonal authorities before a visa can be issued (see information on visa below).

3. The whole amount of the scholarship money will be transferred to the bank account of the recipient shortly after his/ her arrival in Switzerland.


The application and all supporting documents must be uploaded on the online application form in PDF format to by 15 January 2020. In order to be considered for this scholarship, each application must contain:

1. A cover letter outlining your research project (e.g. an overview of the tasks and milestones of your project that you agreed on with your host professor) and explaining why you should be awarded the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship and why you would make an excellent “student ambassador” in the future

2. Your CV (no more than two pages)

3. A copy of your current university transcripts (we accept photocopies of official transcripts issued to the student)

4. A letter of acceptance from the professor and/ or hosting institution in Switzerland. Please request for a confirmation letter on the University/ Institute letterhead from the host professor.

5. A letter of recommendation from a current professor who can attest to the applicant’s abilities



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