University of Geneva Excellence Master Fellowships – International Students 2024

The Faculty of Science at the University of Geneva is a prestigious research institution renowned worldwide. The faculty conducts cutting-edge research across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, pharmaceutical sciences, earth sciences, and the environment. The Faculty also hosts two National Centres of Competence in Research of the highly competitive Swiss National Sciences Foundation (SwissMAP; Planets) as well as many European research projects. The Masters of the Faculty of Science is an excellent training base for both academic and professional development, opening doors to careers in industry, teaching, administration in sciences, communication and media. The programs offer Master’s degrees either entirely in English or in English and French.


The Faculty of Science, with the support of external partners, has established an Excellence Fellowship program to support outstanding and highly motivated students who wish to pursue a Master of Science degree in one of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. The selection of candidates is based solely on excellence, and the Fellowship program consists of a grant amounting to CHF 10’000 to CHF 15’000 per year, with no teaching duties. It is awarded for one year and extended for the regular duration of the chosen Master’s program, which is three or four semesters, provided the applicant maintains academic success at the end of the first semester of studies.


To apply for the University of Geneva Excellence Fellowship, students from any university with excellent academic performance (belonging to the best 10% of their bachelor’s program) are eligible to apply, and they must have completed their Bachelor’s degree or expect to complete it within six months. Selection of the applicants will be based on excellence, and evaluation will be made based on the documentation submitted by the applicants. French proficiency is not a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of Science.

To apply, students must submit a Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum), a scan of their national identity card or passport, the transcript of exams passed during the bachelor education, with all grades, a motivation letter describing specific scientific interests and motivation to pursue a Master of Science program at the University of Geneva, and, if possible, letters of reference from two professors attesting to their aptitude for the program. Students may also provide any other pertinent information like results of the GRE (General requirement examination), TOEFL or other language tests.

The application deadline is on February 28, 2024, and students can apply by visiting the University of Geneva website and following the instructions provided. To be considered, each student must fulfil the enrollment procedure as described on the Admissions Office website.


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