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Funding for Students

A number of Swiss and foreign institutions and organisations award full or partial scholarships or grants for students. The English Department of the University of Fribourg provides a regularly updated list of sources of funding for undergraduate and graduate students of English. The sources are organised as follows:

  •  Financial support for Swiss students awarded by the federation or by individual cantons, usually in the form of grants or loans.
  •  Financial support for Swiss students awarded by federal or private institutions and organizations, usually in the form of grants or scholarships.
  •  Financial support for students awarded by international institutions and organizations and by universities abroad, usually in the form of grants (also studentships) or scholarships.

If you envisage applying for a grant or a scholarship, bear in mind that it is essential to inquire about requirements regarding discipline, status, age, gender, or nationality, and, most important, application deadlines.

  • Grants and student loans


Federal grants

Cantonal grants

Grants for studies abroad:


  • Foundations and funding

Schweizerische Studienstiftung

Schweizerischer Nationalsfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung

Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften

Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizerischen Universitäten

Schweizerische Zentralstelle für die Weiterbildung von Mittelschullehrpersonen



Jubiläumsstiftung der Credit Suisse Group

Stiftung der Schweizerischen Landesausstellung 1939

Holcim Stiftung

Dr. Max Husmann-Stiftung

Postfach 1607

Englischviertelstrasse 58

8032 Zürich

044/380 68 83

Fondation Charles Veillon

Anna Caroline Stiftung

Achille-Isella Fond

Janggen-Poehn Stiftung

Schweizerische Studienstiftung

  • Grants and scholarships by foreign universities

Grants and scholarships in English Linguistics
An extensive list of grants and scholarships in linguistics by universities all over the world can be found at:

Fees-only studentships in linguistics at the University of York, UK

  • MA and PHD Grants and Scholarships

PHD Grants at the University of Groningen, Netherlands

Overseas scholarships in linguistics

Berrow scholarship at the University of Oxford, UK