Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships This is the Federal Commission for Foreign Students (ESKAS) programme for international students already holding a Master's or Ph.D. degree. The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholaships for foreign students, awards various postgraduate scholarships to international students and researchers. Study tracks Please refer to the information on the websites of Swiss universities. Eligibility for scholarships Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide students and researchers of all fields of study holding a Master's or Ph.D. degree from a university the opportunity to continue their studies or research at a public or state-accredited university in Switzerland. Please see the website of the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) to determine which scholarships are available for your home country. Application procedure Please read the information on the SBFI website first, and contact the Swiss Embassy in your home country regarding documents and deadlines. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships and Ph.D. studies The procedure for applying for a scholarship and the procedure for applying for a Ph.D. degree at the University of St. Gallen are two different and independent processes. Enrollment deadline for Ph.D. programmes beginning in fall is February 1 - April 30. The federal scholarship selection meetings are held in March and May. It is therefore strongly recommended that you apply for admission to the Ph.D. programme already before knowing if you have been selected for a scholarship. Please note that acceptance to one does not mean acceptance to the other. In other words, while the scholarship committee may select you for a scholarship, the University of St.Gallen may not accept you to the Ph.D. programme or vice versa. Applicants for Ph.D. studies or research stays must search for an academic supervisor independently. If you write to a professor you must attach your CV and a research proposal (2-3 A4-pages). Here is the overview of Institutes and Centers at the University of St. Gallen. Please see also our research website.