University of Zurich Fully-funded PhD Scholarships 2019/2020

The Zurich Graduate School of Economics at the University of Zurich is offering up to 3 PhD scholarships to outstanding university graduates. Scholarships for successful candidates are full scholarships, covering living expenses and all fees.

The UBS Center Scholarship is full scholarships awarded every year to outstanding university graduates to enable them to take up their doctoral studies at the Zurich Graduate School of Economics, run by the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.

Furthermore, by funding new endowed chairs at the Department of Economics, the UBS Center will create additional doctoral positions for talented young researchers beyond the scholarship scheme. This will ensure that the Zurich Graduate School of Economics achieves a critical mass of top young talent to create a leading international graduate school with an attractive research environment.

Scholarship Description

  • Application Deadline: 31st January 2019 for entry in September 2019
  • Offered annually? Yes
  • Eligible Countries: All
  • To be taken at (country): Switzerland
  • Type: PhD
  • Number of Awardees: 3
  • Award Provider: Zurich Graduate School of Economics at the University of Zurich.

Scholarship Eligibilities

Scholarships are open to graduates from around the world, they are awarded to candidates on the grounds of outstanding academic merit, and continuing support will be subject to satisfactory completion of course work. While preference may be given to students whose research plans include areas of interest of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society, applications from all areas are welcomed.

Admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics is a pre-condition for being considered for a UBS Center Scholarship.


The UBS Center Scholarships are full scholarships, covering living expenses and all fees. Scholarship holders are free to choose their supervisor and have no mandatory duties beyond the completion of the coursework and their doctorate.

We do however encourage students to contribute to departmental teaching because it is in their own interest to acquire good teaching skills.

Value of Scholarship

The UBS Center Scholarships cover living expenses(Approx. CHF 42’500 p.a) plus all tuition fees.

Duration of Scholarship

Scholarships are offered to award holders for a period of four years, subject to satisfactory completion of course work.

How to Apply

Applicants need to apply for admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics (see details on the departmental webpage) where they indicate that they are applying for a UBS Center Scholarship. Visit Scholarship Webpage for details.

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