ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarship for Masters Degree in Switzerland (2022)

Deadline: 15th December, 2021

ETH Zurich supports excellent Master’s students with the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP).

The Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) supports students with a scholarship, mentorship and also a network of the ETH Foundation. The scholarship covers the full study and living costs during the Master’s degree course.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Very good result in Bachelor’s degree programme (top 10% of Bachelor’s degree programme = grade A)

2. Please make sure to be reachable under the telephone number specified in your CV as the selection process might include a phone/VC interview in February

If your study programme does not ask for references you must name two reference persons for your ESOP application.


ESOP applications are supplied via eApply (online Master application).

This also applies for ETH Bachelor students for a consecutive Master programme.

Application Documents

In addition to the documents for the Master admission you will need to upload a pre-​proposal for your master thesis.

You can also see specifications here (PDF, 70 KB).

The pre-​proposal for the Master’s thesis must be developed by yourself and also use established scientific citation practice.

Plagiarism, negligent or intentional misinformation will lead to exclusion from the admission process or – if discovered later – to the revocation of the admission and of any scholarship.

If your study programme does not ask for references you must name two reference persons for your ESOP application.

Scholarship Amount and Duration

The Excellence Scholarship/ESOP consists of a scholarship covering living and study expenses (CHF 12’000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver.

The awards for ESOP are for the regular duration of the Master’s programme (three or four semesters). This also applies for the tuition fee waiver.

Selection process

For the start in the academic year 2022/23, ETH Zurich will be assigning approximately 60 ESOP scholarships.

The Admissions Committees of the respective Master’s programmes evaluates the applications. The final decision for awarding scholarships in the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme rests with the Rector of ETH Zurich. The exact number of annual scholarships depends on the availability of funds. The decisions are communicated by end of March.

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You can also visit the official webpage for more information on the ETH Zurich ESOP Scholarship

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