A great opportunity lies for Indian students to avail scholarships. The Swiss government awards many scholarships to Indian students through the medium of the Federal Commission for Scholarships for foreign students (FCS). They provide university scholarships of Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology.
The scholarships last for a nine-month academic year and give all graduate students opportunities to pursue their postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university or recognised institution.
The amount of scholarship which is CHF 1,920 covers the living expenses of the students. Also, they get a free return ticket of flight when they are over with their period of scholarship. However, the students who decide to remain in Switzerland after the completion of six months do not get paid for their return ticket.
Candidates must hold a degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) from a recognized university. Students must be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and their aim; must be under the age of 35 (born on or after January 1, 1997); must have expertise in one language (French, German, Italian or English). Students need to give a test regarding their proficiency in any one of these languages. Candidates must contact the institution and/ or the professor supervising their period of research.
How to apply:
Students who fulfills the eligibility conditions and are interested in taking the scholarship must contact the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, P O Box 392, New Delhi-110021. You will get all the required information about the scholarship, its procedure and required documents. The last date of submission is October 1.
2012-2013 Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Programme
The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Programme is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State and sends highly skilled primary to secondary school teachers from the US abroad and bring international teachers to the US. It is a six months programme. The grant includes the fare of air ticket, room fare and maintenance allowance which further includes the cost of food and lodging during the US programme.
The candidate should be the citizen of India and resident of India while filling the application. Candidates must have the minimum qualification of Bachelor’s degree and a teachers’ training degree. The candidates either must be a full time teacher at primary, middle or secondary level or must be administrators/academic coordinators who spend 50% of their time in classroom teaching. Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience in teaching; must possess a paper based TOEFL score of 550 (213 Computer Based TOEFL, 79 Internet Based TOEFL) or an IELTS score of 6.5.
How to apply:
Log on to www.usief.org.in for the link. Candidates must send the completed applications through appropriate administrative authority. The candidates must be eligible for leave from the school/organization for these six months. All the applications must be delivered to USIEF, Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110001, either by person or by post. You are also required to write ‘TTN: Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching' on the envelope. The last date of submission of application is October 1.