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UNIL Master Scholarships

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) Master Scholarships is awarded exclusively to international students who have graduated from a foreign university with outstanding academic results. UNIL grants about 10 scholarships a year.

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Applicable Disciplines

The list of Masters degrees at UNIL that are applicable can be found here:

Programmes that do not qualify for scholarships include:

  • Master from the School of Medicine
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Law from the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne
  • Master of Criminal Law, magistracy specialisation
  • All MASs (PhD programmes)

Note: For Master of Law, only two specialisations – “international and comparative law” and “legal theory” – are open to applications for Masters scholarships.

Value of Award

The scholarship is granted for the minimum statutory period of the programme chosen by the student. It amounts to CHF 1,600 per month from 15 September to 15 July (or 10 months a year) for the complete duration of the Masters (one and a half years or two years depending on the chosen programme), with the exception of cases of definitive failure after the first year. The scholarship will not be provided if you fail after the first academic year.

The sum of the scholarship awarded is not sufficient to live in Switzerland. Visit this page to get a reference budget for a student at UNIL.

Students offered a scholarship will be exempt from the fixed registration fees for the courses, with the exception of the CHF 80 fees to be paid each semester.


You must:

  • Have obtained a foreign university degree considered equivalent to a bachelor at UNIL before the beginning of the Masters programme at UNIL.
  • Have distinguished yourself during your studies, especially through particularly brilliant academic results.
  • Have a language level of at least B2 (according to the European Language Portfolio global scale) in French or English according to the language in which your chosen masters is taught.
  • Not have been registered with UNIL in the past.
  • Have paid the CHF 200.00 administration fee (see document, “list of documents to attach to your application“).

Note: Withdrawal from the programme will lead to the suspension of the scholarship.

How to Apply

Candidates must send their completed application (refer to the above link for “list of documents to attach to your application”), unbound, by post only to the following address:

Université de Lausanne
Service des affaires sociales et de la mobilité étudiante (SASME)
Bâtiment Unicentre
CH – 1015 Lausanne

The application for the Masters scholarship also serves as an application for admission to your chosen Masters (and therefore an application to register at UNIL). Incomplete applications, particularly those lacking certified copies of the academic documents requested, will not be considered.

You must not make an application for admission to the Masters degree via the Admissions Department (SII).

Important Timelines

1 November: Application deadline to begin a Masters degree during the following academic year, in the autumn semester or the spring semester if the programme allows.

November-December: Processing of applications by the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Office (SASME) and the Admissions department (SII)

December-January: The SASME informs candidates whose application is incomplete or has not been accepted by the admissions department that their application for the scholarship has been unsuccessful.

January-February: Complete applications are transferred to the faculties for consideration of their eligibility for the chosen masters degrees.

February-March: The SASME informs candidates whose application has not been accepted by the faculty.

March: The selection board for masters scholarships selects the candidates who will be offered a masters scholarship.

Early April: Candidates are informed of the selection board's decision.

Decisions may not be appealed. For further information, please refer to the FAQs.

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University of Lausanne
Department of Social Affairs and Student Mobility (SASME) 
Building Unicentre 
CH – 1015 Lausanne 
Tel: +41 21 692 2113
Email: [email protected]
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