ThinkSwiss Research Internship

Type: Research Internship
Country: Switzerland
Internship Info URL:
Application Deadline: March 1, 2012
ThinkSwiss offers scholarships for a research stay in Switzerland. It supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.


To apply for a ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university/college
  • Be a graduate student or an undergraduate student who will have completed your sophomore year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins
  • Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that he/she will accept you for a research stay in his/her group


This program does not provide health, accident or liability insurance. Applicants must make sure that they have insurance coverage applicable for their stay in Switzerland. While German, French or Italian language skills are not required for the research stay in Switzerland, knowledge of any of these languages would be helpful in daily life. The working language will generally be English.

The program provides a monthly scholarship of CHF 1,050 (approx. USD 1,000) for a period of 2 to 3 months (CHF 3,150 maximum), which covers two thirds of the average student’s living costs. By accepting this scholarship, you agree to participate in a blog to share your experiences during your research stay in Switzerland. After your return to the U.S. you also agree to carry out at least one activity as student “ambassador” to promote Swiss research. Half of the scholarship will be paid at the beginning and half at the end of your research stay, after your final report has been received.

GEP will match_*the Think Swiss Research Scholarship awardedto engineering students.While the program does not provide health, accident or liability insurance and applicants must make sure that they have insurance coverage applicable for their stay in Switzerland, *Purdue Study Abroad office*will assist successful applicants in getting Purdue’s required insurance.

To apply or receive further information, please contact GEP or the Purdue Study Abroad office

Please send the following documents by e-mail to the contact address below:

  • Cover letter, including information about your educational and professional background, goals for your research stay in Switzerland, why you have chosen that particular Swiss university, give one reason why you would make an excellent student “ambassador” and suggest an activity with which you could promote Swiss research at your U.S. university
  • Résumé
  • Letter of acceptance by a professor at a Swiss university into his/her research group
  • A current official university/college transcript
  • A letter of reference from a senior academic in your field of study