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Alfred Werner Master Scholarships To Study In Switzerland, 2021-2022

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  • DEADLINE : March 31, 2021
  • FINANCING : Entire
  • OPEN : All nationalities
  • COUNTRY : Switzerland
  • DOMAIN : Chemistry and Biochemistry

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The Alfred Werner Fund’s Masters Scholarships to study in one of Switzerland’s universities is now open for the academic year 2021-2022.

For the period (September 2021 – May 2023), the Foundation offers a maximum of ten scholarships of CHF 30.000, equivalent of 27.730 euros, each. The Foundation targets international students in the top 10% of their undergraduate programs. Master degree courses in Switzerland are generally given in English, and the tuition fees are minimal.

About Alfred Werner Fund

The Alfred Werner Fund was established in 2014 and continues the initiatives and projects of the former foundation “Stiftung für Stipendien auf dem Gebiete der Chemie”.

Alfred Werner (1866 – 1919), born in Mulhouse (Alsace), was a student at ETH Zurich and professor at the University of Zurich. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1913 for proposing the octahedral configuration of transition metal complexes. Werner developed the basis for modern coordination chemistry. He was the first inorganic chemist to win a Nobel Prize, and the only one prior to 1973 (awarded to E.O. Fischer and G. Wilkinson for their work on organometallic componds).

Alfred Werner Master’s Student Scholarships and Financial Benefits

The SCS Foundation grants scholarships for students to carry out Master of Science (MSc) degree studies in Chemistry or Biochemistry at a Swiss University or at one of the Federal Institutes of Technology. The scholarships are granted to nominees presented by the institutions that admitted the students to their MSc Programs; We do not accept applications from individuals.

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The nominations are reviewed by the Alfred Werner Fund Allocation Committee. Eight to ten Alfred Werner scholarships in the amount of CHF 25’000, equivalent of 23’100 euros, were granted every year from 2013 to 2020. Starting in 2021, the stipends will amount to CHF 30’000, equivalent of 27’730 euros.

The program is supported by the Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well as by a number of private donors.


The following candidates, regardless of their nationality, can apply :

  • Have a Bachelor degree in the field of Chemistry or Biochemistry.
  • Ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate program in their original university.

Application Instructions

Eligible applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship program should click on the link of admission below of their desired institution and follow the instructions given to submit their application. You can apply to all institutions.

Candidates must apply for admission to a M.Sc. program at a Swiss University or a Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (see contacts below), and, at the same time ask for the support of the institution for an Alfred Werner Scholarship.




École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering ISICChemistry master programs at the EPFLContact: Prof. Lothar Helm ([email protected])



Swiss Fédéral Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
Departement Chemie und Angewandte BiowissenschaftenChemistry master programs at the ETHZContact: Prof. Donald Hilvert ([email protected])
blank University of Basel
Department of ChemistryChemistry master programs at the University of Basel Contact: Prof. Christof Sparr [email protected]
blank University of Berne
Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry master program at the University of BerneContact: Prof. Jürg Hulliger [email protected]
blank University of Fribourg
Department of ChemistryMaster program at the University of FribourgContact: Prof. Andreas Zumbühl [email protected]


University of Geneva
School of Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry master program at the University of GenevaContact: Dr. Didier Perret [email protected]


University of Zurich
Department of ChemistrySpecialized Master in Chemical and Molecular Sciences at the University of ZurichContact: Prof. Bernhard Spingler ([email protected])

The Foundation expects to receive the nominations of the different institutions by mid-April 2021. Since the university admission and selection process may take as long as two months, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Direct applications of candidates to the Foundation will not be considered.

The members of the Alfred Werner Fund Selection Committee are representatives of the supporting companies, the Swiss Universities and the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.

Results will be announced by the end of April 2021.


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