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UNIL Master's grants

To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive basis.

Programmes concerned

Candidates must choose a Master's programme from among those offered by the UNIL, except:

- Master of Medicine
- Master of Arts in Sciences and Practices of Education
- Master of Law from the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne
- Master of Law in Criminal Sciences, judiciary mention
- All the MAS (3rd cycle programmes)

Caution: For the Master of Law, students can apply for the scholarship Master for two of the seven references proposed, namely: "International and Comparative Law" and "legal theory."

The grant may not be used for any complementary studies required to enroll on the Master’s degree (upgrade year) and may not be used for Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) or Masters of Advanced studies (MAS).

Amount and duration of the grant

The amount of the grant is CHF 1,600.- per month from 15 September to 15 July, for a duration not exceeding the regulation minimum period of the programme (according to the programme, one-and-a-half years or two years subject to deduction for paid placements or exempt semesters, if any). Abandonment of the programme results in suspension of the grant.

Required conditions

  • The candidate must be the holder of a degree from a foreign university.
  • The qualification held by the candidate must be deemed equivalent to the UNIL Bachelor’s degree.

Selection procedure

Candidates must complete the "UNIL Master’s Grant" form and submit their application within the deadline to:

Office for socio-cultural affairs (SASC)
University of Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne

The application is examined by the University Rectorate to determine whether the candidate is admissible. In the event of a positive decision, the application is forwarded by the SASC to the UNIL Faculty responsible for the Master’s on which the candidate wishes to be enrolled.
The Faculty selects applications and notifies the SASC of its opinion based on the candidate’s qualities, motivation and suitability for the Master’s programme.
The SASC forwards shortlisted applications to the selection committee which will award grants to students meeting all criteria according to the available budget.

Decisions are not open to appeal.

The SASC will inform the candidates in writing of the UNIL's decision at the latest at the end of March.

Selection criteria

The grants are intended more particularly for students who distinguished themselves in their university studies and who have difficulty meeting their financial needs for the duration of the Master’s. It is however necessary that the candidates have sufficient financial means to support themselves during the complementary studies that may be required prior to enroll on the Master’s degree.

Application deadline for autumn semester 2016 and spring semester 2017

Applications must be submitted to the Office for socio-cultural affairs before 15 December 2015.


Regulations  (213 Ko)

Application form  (645 Ko)


Mr Olivier Goumoëns (olivier.goumoens[at]unil.ch)

Service des affaires socio-culturelles (SASC)
Université de Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne

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Regulations  (213 Ko)

Application form  (645 Ko)

Ch√Ęteau de Dorigny  -  CH-1015 Lausanne  -  Tel. +41 21 692 20 20  -  Fax +41 21 692 20 05
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