The risk group at UNIL specializes in the study of natural hazards and risks induced by surface and atmospheric phenomena, and their perception and impact on society. The ThinkSwiss scholarship gave me the opportunity to be on the ground and experience the very wide range of remote sensing techniques to study instabilities, at different scales, from satellite data to geological fieldwork acquisitions, and try to improve the processing and the analysis.Mansi Singh IIT Roorkee / University of Lausanne
ThinkSwiss ResearchScholarships: Asia-Pacific
Call for applications for the ThinkSwiss Scholarships is now open. The deadline to submit applications is 16 February 2024.
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships offers students from India, Singapore and Australia fully-funded research stints in a Swiss laboratory of your choosing. The duration of the scholarship is for a minimum of two months and up to three months. This provides scholars with an opportunity to experience the Swiss research ecosystem first-hand.
Who Can Apply?
Applicants enrolled at an accredited Indian, Australian or Singaporean university or research institute.
Applicants currently enrolled in a Master’s programme or have completed their second year of undergraduate degree by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins.
Applicants with written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university or research institute that they have accepted you for a research stay in their group/lab.
Doctoral and postdoctoral candidates are not eligible to apply.
We specifically encourage Indian applicants with an interest in Antimicrobial Research (AMR), One Health, biodiversity or climate change and action to apply. (The University of Lausanne is not part of this programme for Indian students.) We are subject-agnostic as far as Australian and Singaporean applicants are concerned.
Not Sure Where To Begin? Let Us Help You!
- Think about the field in which you wish to deepen your research and look for prospective supervising professors who work in that field.
- Write to them and enquire if they’d be interested in taking you on in their cohort. It can take several weeks to find your host professor, so we recommend starting as early as possible and writing to as many relevant professors as possible.
- Ideally, your email to them should include:
- Details about why you would like to work with a particular professor and what about their work interests you.
- Details about your skills and competencies that are relevant to the work in the chosen field.
- Details about your past experiences and how they are relevant to your current research interest.
- Details about how you plan to contribute to and elevate their research.
- Details about why you would make a good fit.
- Your CV and a proposal/short summary of the research you would like to undertake under their supervision.
- Applicants are responsible for finding a host professor at a Swiss university as well as for clarifying the scope of a research project before submitting their applications for the ThinkSwiss Scholarships.
- If you are struggling to identify appropriate professors, reach out to faculty at the university you are currently enrolled in and enquire if they know of suitable professors you could work with. Where possible, request your faculty members to introduce and recommend you to prospective professors.
Our FAQs are here should you have any other questions.
Hear It From Those Who've Done It
ThinkSwiss helped me fund my research internship in Switzerland. Although my research was in geomatics and the environment, I worked on completely interdisciplinary approaches in the Remote Sensing Laboratory, as a part of the research project exploring ways of closing the yield gap in African smallholder agriculture and requiring adaptation of feasible cultivation practices. Understanding loopholes and exchanging ideas to improve my design and configuration made it a great learning environment, broadening my perspective on my next steps.Adyasha Mohapatra IIT BHU / University of Zurich
Switzerland is full of great hikes, mountains, lakes and medieval history. I have never visited such a scenic country that is so close to nature. The amount of research that happens in Switzerland in the field of Computer Science is unparalleled to any other country. Switzerland is definitely the place for research and higher studies.Vibhav Agarwal IIIT Bangalore / Research Intern – University of Fribourg
Geneva has a great natural environment conducive to research in the social sciences as it hosts several international organisations including blocks from the United Nations Office at Geneva, International Labour Organization, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, World Intellectual Property Organization, etc. Thanks to ThinkSwiss, this was my first venture abroad and I am really motivated to pursue research in Human Rights after this for further studies.Avantika Singh IIT Madras / Research Intern – The Graduate Institute of Geneva
Right from my very first day, I was very impressed by the level of organisation in the group. Each individual project in the lab was somehow contorted to fit the larger vision of the team. I highly recommend Switzerland, in particular for biomedical research, from my experience.Sharika Mahadevan IIT Madras / University of Bern
Prajwala Ravikrishna, Academic Engagement Coordinator, Swissnex in India
Joël Henri Brunner, Science Counselor - Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore
Embassy of Switzerland in Australia