Tuition fees, Financial Aid and Special Aid

Information for current students

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)

Students enrolled before September 2015*

Tuition fees in effect at the time of admission.
* Includes students in a master programme in 2014-2015 who were admitted to a PhD programme in 2015 or 2016.

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Coronavirus: Information for our students

If your request is related to the Covid 19 crisis, please visit our Coronavirus page for more information and fill this form. Please do not send a regular special aid request.

Financial aid for current students


The Institute provides financial aid for students who have demonstrated financial need. The assistance may take the form of full scholarships, partial scholarships and/or tuition fee reductions. 

  • Please note that all of our students are required to contribute towards the cost of their education. Therefore, a full tuition fee reduction does not exempt the student from paying the annual solidarity fee of CHF 1,000. 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 fee reductions (especially the first year) and teaching or research assistantships (especially in the second year).

Renewal Application Process for current students

  • Application Deadline Date: 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 30 May at the latest. Applications will be received from 1 April to 30 May.

Master degree students who did not receive financial assistance at the time of their admission will not be able to apply for financial aid for their second year of study. Please visit our FAQ for alternative support methods that you can explore. 

Students who were awarded financial aid must apply for renewal by completing an online application form and submitting all requested documents by the deadline date of 30 May. Please note that late applications will not be considered.

Continuing PhD students may apply for financial aid, using the same application procedure, even if they were not awarded financial aid at the time of admission.

Please note that in order to make the completion of the application process easier, students should have the following documents at hand as they will need to be attached:

  • Proof of income and family wealth (tax certificates and/or tax declaration, salary slips, award or scholarship decisions etc...)
  • Motivation letter stating the reasons of your application
  • Brief budget explaining your monthly expenses and provisions
  • At least 2 expenses vouchers (rent, health insurance , telephone bills, any other relevant monthly bill etc..)
  • Your bank statement showing the last 6 months

Online Application form for a renewal of financial aid (for ongoing students) 

check the status of your application for renewal (April-May)

Financial aid for current students


Financial aid for current students

Applicant's bank details

Request for Emergency or Special Aid for current students


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

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

Applications are reviewed by the Scholarships Committee.

Please visit our FAQ for alternative support methods that you can explore. 

Request for Emergency or Special Aid

Application form

Assistantships for PhD students

Teaching Assistant positions

The Graduate Institute employs around 50 Teaching Assistant positions every year, spread over five disciplinary departments and two interdisciplinary programmes. Discover what we offer!

Scholarships for current students


Specific scholarships 

Examples: Swiss Government Excellence scholarships for PhD students, Kathryn and Shelby Davis scholarships, Robert A. Peterson scholarship, Refugee scholarship, scholarships for students from partner institutions.


Mobility Scholarships

Contact : Laurent Neury 

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 participate in a three-week research stay at Oxford University, allowing him/her to use their libraries, specialised archives and meet with researchers and teachers. In addition, Europaeum can assist the scholarship recipient find lodging.

  • Application deadline: 30 November

Jenkins Scholarship

A scholarship worth around GBP 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 two weeks to three months.

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

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 six 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:

FAQ's on financial aid