The Graduate Institute aims to support students with demonstrated financial need by providing financial assistance, which may take the form of a full cost-of-living scholarship, a partial scholarship and/or a tuition fee reduction. The Institute’s resources are not sufficient to meet the financial needs of all its students; therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek external financial support.
Field(s) of study:
Doctoral students may apply for a remunerated teaching assistant or research assistant position, generally starting in their second year of study.
Number of Scholarships:
The number of annual scholarships depends on the availability of funds.
- Non-resident students
- Resident student
- The Institute strives to support its students throughout the duration of their studies, to the extent of its ability. It does so through financial aid (below) and paid jobs (teaching assistantships, research assistantships and administrative positions). In 2015, nearly half of our students received direct or indirect financial support from the Institute.
- In particular, the Institute makes extensive efforts to assist its doctoral students. We aim to make financial aid available to all first year doctoral students with documented financial need. In subsequent years, doctoral students may apply for a teaching or research assistantship. The option of applying for a scholarship also remains open during the four-year programme, particularly in the final year to help with the completion of the thesis.
- Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year (CHF 4,000 per semester)
- Resident students*: CHF 5,000 per year (CHF 2,500 per semester)
* A resident is a person holding a Swiss residence permit at the time of application.
Students who are non-residents at the time of application, and who subsequently obtain a residence permit at the start of their studies, pay non-resident tuition fees for the duration of their degree studies.
MA students residing in Switzerland, who apply for PhD admission while enrolled, qualify for resident tuition fees for the duration of their PhD studies.
Swiss citizens residing outside of Switzerland at the time of application qualify for non-resident tuition fees for the duration of their degree studies. A Swiss income tax notification, covering the time of application, may be required to determine resident or non-resident status.
The Financial Aid Committee evaluates all financial aid requests of admitted students, and retains those whose financial need is well documented and demontrated. In some cases, consideration may also be given to previous academic achievement.
If awarded, the amount of financial aid is calculated according to the applicant’s financial situation, as reported in the financial aid application. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible in order to give us a complete picture of their financial situation, as well as that of their parents and/or spouse.
The financial aid application should be submitted at the same time as the online application for the study programme, i.e. by filing out a specific page contained in that same form. Applicants are requested to provide:
- A short motivation letter (one to two pages) justifying the request for financial aid, describing their personal financial situation and that of their family, and efforts undertaken to seek alternative funding.
- The applicant’s most recent tax certificate or tax declaration (Master and PhD applicants).
- Master degree applicants: the most recent tax certificate or tax declaration of the applicant’s parents and/or spouse, in addition to his/her own.
- Doctoral candidates: the most recent tax certificate or tax declaration of the applicant’s parents and/or spouse, in addition to his/her own, if the applicant is receiving financial support from parents/spouse. Applicants who do not receive such support need to document their financial independence.
- Official attestations of all the income and assets available to the applicant, including from family members and other individuals when applicable. These may include bank statements, employment contracts/salary slips, insurance annuities, investment certificates, loans, donations and any other sources of revenue.
Please note that incomplete financial aid applications will not be considered.