Tuition fees, Financial Aid and Special Aid

Tuition fees

Students enrolled from September 2015 onwards

  • Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year (CHF 4,000 per semester)
  • Resident students*: CHF 5,000 per year (CHF 2,500 per semester)

 * A resident is a person holding a Swiss residence permit at the time of application and having paid taxes in Switzerland during that period. Foreign students will be asked to submit a copy of their residence permit; foreign and Swiss students may be asked to submit a copy of their tax declaration. Residents with a diplomatic status can submit a copy of their valid diplomatic residence permit ("carte de légitimation").

Students who are non-residents at the time of application, and who subsequently obtain a residence permit at the start of their studies, pay non-resident tuition fees for the duration of their degree studies.

MA students residing in Switzerland, who apply for PhD admission while enrolled, qualify for resident tuition fees for the duration of their PhD studies.

Swiss citizens residing outside of Switzerland at the time of application qualify for non-resident tuition fees for the duration of their degree studies. A Swiss income tax notification, covering the time of application, may be required to determine resident or non-resident status.

Students enrolled before September 2015*

  • Tuition fees in effect at the time of admission.

 * Includes students in a Master's programme in 2014-2015 who were admitted to a PhD programme in 2015 or 2016.


Financial aid

  • The Institute provides students with demonstrated financial needs an assistance which may take the form of full scholarships, partial scholarships and/or tuition fees reduction. 
  • Please note that all our students are required to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, a full tuition fee reduction does not exempt the student from paying the annual solidarity fee of CHF1000.- This is valid for all students benefiting from any kind of financial aid including all partial and full scholarships.
  • In the case of doctoral students, the Institute strives to support them financially for the duration of their studies through a combination of scholarships / tuition fees reduction (especially the first year) and teaching or research assistantships (especially in the second year).

Application deadline for ongoing students: May 30th

Students who have received any form of financial assistance from the Institute must re-apply for financial aid for their subsequent year by May 30th at the latest. Applications will be received from April 1st to May 30th.

Students who have not received financial assistance and whose financial situation is very difficult may also apply by completing an online application form and submitting all requested documents by the deadline date of May 30th. Please note that late applications will not be considered. 

Request for Emergency or Special Aid

Students registered in our MA or PhD programmes who encounter serious and unexpected financial difficulties may apply for this type of aid. 

  • Application form and all requested documents are to be sent on You should expect a reply within 5 working days.
  • Please make sure to include allsupporting documents attesting of the seriousness and unexpectedness of the situation.

Applications are reviewed by the Scholarships Committee.


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.

Mobility Scholarships


At Oxford University, within the Europaeum framework

The Europaeum offers a scholarship of EUR 1,000 to an advanced doctoral student from the Institute. This will enable him/her to make a research stay of three weeks at Oxford University, allowing him/her to use libraries and specialized archives and meet with researchers and teachers. In addition, Europaeum can assist the winner in its search for a home.

  • Application deadline: 30 November

Jenkins Scholarship

A scholarship worth around £12,900 per year (exact amount to be confirmed). It allows a student from the Institute to study or carry out advanced research at Oxford University.

  • Website
  • Application deadline: January

In the United States as part of the Gallatin agreement

Each year with this scholarship, a PhD student can study in an American university of their choice.

Sylff Plus, Sylff Research Abroad

Current PhD candidates who are already Sylff fellowship recipients from the Tokyo Foundation can be supported to pursue their research in one of the other Sylff member institutions from 2 weeks to 3 months.

Swiss National Science Foundation

The SNF offers research scholarships to budding researchers (PhD students who have had their preliminary theses approved) in order to allow them to stay at one or several institutions abroad from 6 to 24 months. These grants cover living and travel expenses and can cover research and conference expenses. 

  • Application deadline for the local commission of the SNF at the University of Geneva:  1 March or 1 September.
  • Website
  • Contact: Marie-Anne Berazategui

Miscellaneous scholarships and subsidies at UNIGE