Specific Scholarships

The Graduate Institute strives to support talented scholars from around the world. Financial aid packages may include cost-of-living scholarships, tuition reduction and/or a paid position, in various proportions. Aid is awarded with consideration to both financial need and academic merit.

A number of special scholarship opportunities are available to students who meet specific eligibility criteria:

The Robert A. Peterson Scholarship

The Robert A. Peterson Scholarship is a full scholarship funded by the Global Communications Development Network (GCDN) to keep alive the legacy of Bob Peterson, a leading figure in communications and public relations who passed away in 2017, and to inspire professionals to demonstrate impeccable moral and ethical standards in global corporations and international organisations.

The Graduate Institute, Geneva Refugee Scholarship

Deeply concerned by the magnitude of the migratory crisis and the fate of tens of thousands of people in war zones who are seeking refuge in places such as Switzerland, the Graduate Institute has decided to support refugees in Switzerland holding a B or F permit and wishing to pursue their studies by offering them a full annual scholarship amounting to CHF 20,000 to cover living expenses, with the possibility of a tuition fee reduction depending on the candidate’s financial means.

Scholarships for students from Africa

Support outstanding and highly motivated candidates, citizens of an African country, who intend to pursue a Master or a PhD at the Institute. Candidates need to demonstrate financial needs and academic excellence. Candidates may be enrolled or have completed an undergraduate programme outside of Africa.

Prunier Foundation Scholarships for students from Japan

Support outstanding and highly motivated Japanese candidates who intend to pursue a Master or a PhD at the Institute in one of the following programmes: Master in Development Studies, Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Master in International Economics, PhD in Development Economics, PhD in Anthropology and Sociology of Development.

Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Scholarships
(PhD programme only)

Support outstanding and highly motivated students enrolled in the Institute's PhD programme who have either completed a degree programme in an American university, irrespective of their nationality (two scholarships), or who come from a Muslim country (two scholarships).

Scholarships for students from partner universities

To strengthen our collaboration with academic partners, the Institute offers one scholarship per year to students currently enrolled in partner universities listed hereunder, who intend to pursue a Master or PhD programme at the Institute. Candidates need to demonstrate financial needs and academic excellence.  

Partners in Africa
  • American University, School of Global Affairs, Cairo, Egypt
  • Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
  • University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Partners in Asia
  • Bo─čaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of International Studies, New Delhi, India
  • KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Partners in Latin America
  • El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico, Mexico
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, Lima, Peru
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia


How to Apply

Complete the online application for admission, including the general scholarship application pages.

Admitted candidates, whose profile match the specific eligibility criteria for these scholarships, will automatically be considered. Applicants are not required to contact their home universities. Foundations do not accept direct solicitations.