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The UBS Center is a main funding body for top international talent at the Zurich University’s Graduate School of Economics.

The UBS Center Scholarship are full scholarships awarded every year to outstanding university graduates to enable them to take up their doctoral studies at the , run by the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. Furthermore, by funding new endowed chairs at the Department of Economics, the UBS Center will create additional doctoral positions for talented young researchers beyond the scholarship scheme. This will ensure that the Zurich Graduate School of Economics achieves a critical mass of top young talent to create a leading international graduate school with an attractive research environment. By strengthening the University of Zurich’s position as a destination for young academic talent around the world, the UBS Center also aims to further enhance Switzerland’s position as a top location for education and business more generally. After all, investment in higher education and research is a key factor in preserving and further growing economic prosperity in developed economies over the long term.

Closing date: January 15, 2020
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Quick facts

Level of study: PhD candidates
Offered: Annually
Number of awards: 3 (for entry in September 2018)
Value: Apprx. CHF 42'500 p.a. plus tuition fees
Duration: 4 years

What our graduates say

Your experience in a PhD program depends a lot on your peers, and everyone in our cohort gets along very well, which makes the learning environment very pleasant and motivating.
UBS Center Scholarship holder
Urša Krenk
The support of the UBS Center allows me to invest my time efficiently into studying and reading.
UBS Center Scholarship holder
Ante Malenica

Value and duration

The UBS Center Scholarships cover living expenses and all fees. The stipend covering living expenses currently stands at CHF 42’500 per year. Scholarships are offered to award holders for a period of four years, subject to satisfactory completion of course work.


Eligibility and selection criteria

Scholarships are open to graduates from around the world, they are awarded to candidates on the grounds of outstanding academic merit, and continuing support will be subject to satisfactory completion of course work. While preference may be given to students whose research plans include areas of interest of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society, applications from all areas are welcomed.

Admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics is a pre-condition for being considered for a UBS Center Scholarship.

The UBS Center Scholarships are full scholarships, covering living expenses and all fees. Scholarship holders are free to choose their supervisor and have no mandatory duties beyond the completion of the course work and their doctorate. We do however encourage students to contribute to departmental teaching because it is in their own interest to acquire good teaching

How and by when to apply

Applicants need to apply for admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics (see details on the departmental webpage where they indicate that they are applying for a UBS Center Scholarship.

Further information

In case of further questions about the UBS Center Scholarships please contact us through