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The ThinkSwiss program focuses on five core topics in the fields of
education, research and innovation.

2009 THINKSWISS RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
Apply now! Deadline March 31, 2009

For the third time, ThinkSwiss is offering 15 research scholarships for
talented U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. These scholarships
provide the awardees with a monthly stipend of CHF 1,000 (approx. USD 830)
for a maximum of three months to conduct research at a Swiss university or
research lab. The scholarship is open to students of all fields who have an
outstanding academic record and a keen interest in conducting research in
Switzerland.

Information about and Requirements for the Scholarship:

You must be
• A student currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college
• Studying at the graduate or undergraduate level and will have completed
your sophomore year by the time your research stay begins
• Talented and ambitious and can provide proof by a strong academic record
and a written statement

The scholarship covers
• The expenses of CHF 1,000/month for a period of up to three months (max.
amount of scholarship: CHF 3,000/approx. $2,490)
• A trip to Bern, organized and sponsored by Presence Switzerland

Your responsibilities:
• Find a research group at a Swiss university that suits your interest and
abilities. (Information about Swiss institutions of higher education can be
found here (Link to
http://www.thinkswiss.org/campus_and_research_park_switzerland.html))
• Contact your chosen research group, offer your support and ask for a
letter of acceptance by the responsible professor or principal investigator
• Share your experiences on a blog
<http://thinkswiss-research.blogspot.com/> published on the ThinkSwiss
website
• Serve after your return to the U.S as a student “ambassador” by promoting
Swiss research in the U.S.
• Cover all other costs including travel expenses, health insurance, and
housing

The ThinkSwiss program focuses on five core topics in the fields of
education, research and innovation.

The topics chosen centre on subjects that are vital to the present and
future of the USA and Switzerland. In particular, the program is designed to
intensify US-Swiss exchanges and cooperation in the fields of technology and
science. It shows interesting facets of Switzerland that go beyond the
traditional clichés associated with the country. In this way ThinkSwiss
embraces a great variety of projects with the aim of to setting up
long-lasting contacts in promising fields of research between the two
countries.

Application documents (deadline: March 31, 2009):
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, and one reason why you
would make an excellent student ambassador to promote Swiss research in
the U.S.
Résumé
Letter of acceptance by a professor at a Swiss university into her/his
research group
A current official university/college transcript
A letter of reference from a senior academic in your field of study

Send documents by e-mail to was.science@eda.admin.ch or by mail to:
Embassy of Switzerland
Office of Science, Technology and Higher Education
2900 Cathedral Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008-3499

http://www.thinkswiss.org/Scholarship2009.html