Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme

Promote excellence at ETH Zurich!

The programme

The Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) enables outstanding young people from Switzerland and all over the world to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH Zurich. It sponsors talented students whose personality, creativity and intellectual ability promise remarkable achievement.

Excellence scholars receive a full grant of more than CHF 40,000 to cover living and study expenses during the entire Master’s degree course. This allows the students to devote their time and energy to studying, and gives them the scope to generate brilliant research with potential to change our world.

The selection process

Each year, some 600 students apply to ESOP. Their applications are rigorously evaluated by a central committee, and the most promising candidates invited to interview. Ultimately, the Rector of ETH Zurich, Professor Sarah M. Springman, decides on the scholarship allocation.

Further details are available here.

Impact of your support

391 Excellence Scholars since 2007

131 of the Excellence Scholars are women

104 Excellence Scholars from Switzerland 

5’008 applications for ESOP since 2007

393 Excellence Scholars since 2007