Excellence Scholarships

For outstanding emerging talent. For business, science and society

Our country relies on first-class professionals. The Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) encourages outstanding young people from Switzerland and around the world to complete their Master’s degree at ETH Zurich. Every year, it provides support to talented individuals in the top 2 to 3 percent of their year group. They receive a scholarship of CHF 48,000 that covers their study and living costs for the whole Master’s programme. The interdisciplinary exchange with similarly-aged students who are equally outstanding in their fields motivates the scholarship recipients to achieve their best, and also gives them a head start on creating a network within the scientific community. The programme is fully funded by donations.


Good to know: around three-quarters of the foreign scholarship students remain in Switzerland after completing their degree. They work and pay taxes and insurance. This means that the CHF 48,000 invested in them flows back into society after an average of three years.


Our goal

The Excellence Scholarships give selected Master’s students the opportunity to focus fully on their studies and research – a highly persuasive argument in the international competition to attract the most talented students. The funding, however, is not just an investment in talented individuals: the scholarship recipients have excellent prospects of holding key positions in business, science or politics, or founding their own companies, thereby letting their knowledge and skills flow back into society.


The increasing number of students is also continually increasing the demand for Excellence Scholarships. ETH therefore aims to award 60 Excellence Scholarships per year starting in autumn 2020/21.


Your support enables

  • ETH Zurich to attract highly talented students to its Master’s programmes
  • the top 2 to 3 percent of each year group to focus fully on their studies, network among themselves and motivate one another to achieve great things
  • Switzerland, as a centre for knowledge and business, to maintain an internationally leading position in the future


The impact report 2019.

Your contact

Isabelle Herold

T +41 44 632 60 61

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