Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme

Investing in the next generation – for everyone’s benefit

Our country is dependent on experts of the highest calibre. ETH Zurich aims to help talented young people realise their full potential, and to inspire them through excellence in research and teaching.

The programme
The Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) enables outstanding young people from Switzerland and around the world to study for a Master’s degree at ETH Zurich. Each year, the programme provides support for 50 young people who are among the most talented 2–3 per cent of their year, and whose personality, creativity and intellectual abilities promise excellent performance. They receive a scholarship of over CHF 40,000 to cover the costs of study and living expenses during the entire Master’s programme. This allows them to devote their time and energy to their studies, giving them the freedom they need to pursue research with the potential to change our world for the better.

The selection procedure
Each year, more than 800 students apply for the ESOP. Their applications are rigorously evaluated by a central committee, and the most promising candidates are invited for personal interviews. The final decision on scholarship awards is made by the Rector of ETH Zurich, Professor Sarah M. Springman.

Further details are available here.

Your support counts!
This programme is fully funded by donations. You too can help to support the future of science and to maintain Switzerland’s international leadership.

If you would you like to find out more about our successful scholarship programme, we would be happy to arrange a personal meeting.

Impact of your support

439 Excellence Scholars since 2007

114 doctoral students/professors for research & teaching

10 Start-Ups for the Swiss economy

40 former and current ESOP’s support the program themselves