Scholarship types

The Institute offers three types of scholarships. Go here for details on how to apply.

Full scholarships

Usually, these full scholarships amount CHF 20,000. Recipients are exempt from Graduate Institute’s tuition fees. Some full grants are awarded subject to special conditions (duration of study and/or geographical origin of students).

Partial scholarships

The value of these grants varies according to the individual needs of the recipient student. Recipients still need to cover their tuition fees.

Tuition scholarships

These grants cover tuition fees for one academic year. They are awarded to exceptional students.

Scholarship renewal

Scholarships are granted for one year only.  Students have the possibility to re-apply for the scholarship the next year; however, there is no guarantee regarding its renewal.  Criteria related to both merit and needs (other available sources of income such as another scholarship, parents’ income or a job) are said to be taken into consideration, but there is not much information available on the precise weight of each criteria.

Other options

Although the prospect of not having the scholarship renewed can be a source of major worry, students need to keep in mind that other sources of income are available, as many other students finance their studies through alternative scholarships, loans and part-time and summer jobs/paid internships.

Suggestions where to look for scholarships:

OFID Scholarships (for developing countries students):

International Scholarships:

Scholarships for developing countries:

Scholarships Times:

World Endeavors Scholarships: Study Bursary:

Golden Key Scholarships:


Fundsnet Services:

Search Scholarships with Unige (partner of the IHEID):$.startup

Also, do not discard the Rotary Club, as they can offer Scholarships for non-Rotarians if your work/studies are related to their areas focused on development: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; Disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development. In this case you have to contact the club closest to your residence.

Searching for your country-funded and specific scholarships are also worth your time. For instance, we know that the governments of Mexico and Germany can provide scholarships for their citizens studying abroad.

US financial aid

Students with a United States passport or residence permit have access to loans through the US Department of Education Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

For more information, contact Kasia Wasiukiewicz (

Emergency aid

If you encounter serious or unexpected financial trouble (you lose your job, your scholarship, etc.), the institute also offers emergency aid. You can apply by filling out this form and submitting it to

Jobs and Internships

Visit our work and internships page for more info about finding employment in Geneva.