Fondation Bakala Stipendien

The 'Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala' seeks to help talented and motivated students and researchers from a select number of Swiss universities to reach their full academic potential by giving them the necessary financial support to pursue their studies at a top US or UK university.

Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala

Who can be supported?

Students and researchers:

  • from any academic field
  • wishing to complete a stay of between 1 semester and 3 years
  • studying at Master or PhD level
  • who wish to have their tuition fees and/or living expenses covered

The total annual budget for the Foundation's scholarships is approximately CHF 200'000.- The distribution of the funding for each student will depend on the candidates' needs and study plans. Students will receive an annual contribution ranging from CHF 10’000.- to CHF 30’000.-

What are the selection criteria?

  • academic excellence
  • strong motivation and an interesting personality
  • lack of financial means
  • Swiss residency (min. during the last 5 years)
  • student's registration at a Swiss university (min. during the last 3 years)
  • admission or pre-admission to a university in the US or UK (obtained at the latest by the time of the interview at the Foundation)

What is the application procedure?

  • application deadline at the University of Lucerne: 30th January each year
  • pre-selection by the University of Lucerne: between February and March
  • interviews by the Foundation (in Geneva): May
  • final decision: May-June


For more information please contact:

Fondation Bakala Application Form 2022