Hello hopefuls, guess you will like to study in Switzerland and with a scholarship, Switzerland is a great country to be in and in education they are one of the best in the world. I’m happy to let you know that applications for ETH Zurich’s Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Program (ESOP) are now open for the 2022-2023 academic year. ETH Zurich Master’s scholarships cover all study and living costs for the duration of the Master’s program, is that not wonderful? Getting that in a country like Switzerland is awesome.

ETH Zurich is a public research university located in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. With her mission to train engineers and researchers, the university mainly focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In the QS World University Rankings 2021 edition, ETH Zurich was ranked 6th in the world, making the university the second-best European university after the University of Oxford. It ranked 4th in the world, in the subject ranking for engineering and technology, and ranked 1st for earth and marine sciences.

Level of Study:


Eligible Nationalities:

All nationalities.

Host Nationality:


Fields of study:

Engineering Sciences:

  • Data science
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational biology and bioinformatics
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrical engineering and information technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Science of materials
  • Micro and nanosystems
  • Neural systems and computing
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Quantum engineering
  • Robotics, systems and control

Architecture and civil engineering:

  • Architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental genius
  • Geomatics
  • Spatial development and infrastructure systems
  • Integrated building systems
  • Landscape architecture

System oriented natural sciences:

  • Earth Science
  • Environmental sciences
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Health Sciences and Technologies
  • Food science
  • Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
  • Applied geophysics

Natural Sciences and Mathematics:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry and bioengineering
  • High-energy physics
  • Interdisciplinary sciences
  • Mathematics / Applied Mathematics
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physical
  • Quantitative finance
  • Quantum engineering
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Statistics

Management and social sciences:

  • Comparative and international studies
  • Science education
  • History and philosophy of knowledge
  • Science, technology and politics


The scholarship is awarded for the regular duration of the master’s program (three or four semesters). This also applies to the tuition fee waiver.

ETH Zurich Masters Scholarships Benefits:

  • ETH Zurich Masters scholarships cover living and study costs: CHF 12,000 (USD 13,027) per semester as well as tuition waiver.
  • The scholarship will be paid in three or four installments. Each individual payment is issued at the start of the semester.

Eligibility Criteria for the ETH Zurich Masters Scholarships:

  • In addition to the conditions imposed by the master’s program, to be eligible for ETH Zurich scholarships, you must have an excellent result during your Bachelor studies (top 10% of Bachelor’s degree programme = grade A).
  • If you are already enrolled in a Master’s program at ETH Zurich, or hold a Master’s degree, you are not eligible for ESOP.
  • Please make sure to be reachable under the telephone number specified in your CV as the selection process might include a phone/VC interview in February

Application Procedure for ETH Zurich Scholarships:

Applications are to be submitted via eApply.

Documents Required:

In addition to the documents for admission to the master, you will need to upload a pre-proposal for your master thesis. See the specifications below ( you can also download it in PDF, 70 KB).

For any information, contact : studienfinanzierung@sts.ethz.ch

The master thesis pre-project should be developed by yourself and use the established practice of scientific citation. Plagiarism, negligent or intentional disinformation will result in exclusion from the admission procedure or – if discovered later – revocation of admission and any scholarship.

If your study program does not require referrals, you must nominate two referees for your scholarship application.

Pre-Proposal for Master thesis;


The pre-proposal for your Master’s thesis is an important part of your application for an Excellence Scholarship, along with your grades, your motivation letter and the letters of recommendation. Through your pre-proposal, the selection committee assesses your ability to deliberate a scientific topic independently and to design a research project.

The Master’s thesis is written in the final semester of a Master’s degree programme, based on the coursework of the previous semesters. The final topic of your thesis will be defined during your Master’s studies in collaboration with your supervisor. The pre-proposal can be considered as an outline of a possible Master’s thesis that will serve as an input for the process leading towards the topic of your Master thesis.

Describe your current idea for your thesis in max. 500 words on a separate sheet

You may use the structure below if you find it useful. Divide your text into different paragraphs to give it a clear structure. Use subheadings to make it more reader-friendly.



Define a short, significant title which summarizes the contents of your pre-proposal.


Give a short introduction to the subject. Establish a context for your research and explain why it is important.

Objectives and goals;

State the main research question(s) you want to address.

Student Services;

Methods of investigation/implementation;

Explain the methods and techniques which you plan to use for your project. These methods will vary from one subject to another: e.g. with respect to field work, lab experiments, modelling techniques, interdisciplinary collaboration, data acquisition, infrastructure needed, software used, etc.

Background/prior work;

List the main relevant work by others and/or results you have achieved in your previous work investigations.

Timetable and milestones;

Consider that the Master’s thesis has to be completed within a given time (4-6 months depending on the Master’s programme; check the duration of the programme you are applying for in the correspondent regulations). Thus, the results of your project must be achievable in the given time. State a realistic timetable of your project and mention the milestones you want to achieve.


List papers and publications you have cited in your pre-proposal or which you have collected for further reading.

Use established scientific citation practice.

Selection Process:

For the start in the academic year 2022/23 there will be assigned approximately 60 ESOP scholarships.

The applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committees of the respective Master’s programmes. The final decision for awarding scholarships in the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme rests with the Rector of ETH Zurich. The exact number of annual scholarships depends on the availability of funds. The decisions are communicated by end of March.

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2021.

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