ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) 2020/2021 for International Masters Students

Last Updated on November 4, 2019 by

About ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme

The Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) supports students with a scholarship, mentorship and a network of the ETH Foundation. The scholarship covers the full study and living costs during the Master’s degree course.

Eligibility for Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme

The scholarship programmes are open to excellent students (national and international) wishing to pursue their Master’s degree at ETH Zurich.


– very good result in Bachelor’s degree programme (top 10% of Bachelor’s degree programme = grade A)
– Reachability under the specified telephone number (The selection process includes a (Skype) interview in February)

Application documents for the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme

  1. Application form (PDF, 270 KB)
  2. ESOP letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  3. Pre-proposal for your Master’s thesis (see guidelines on how to write a pre-proposal (PDF, 70 KB))
  4. CV
  5. Two reference letters
    Reference letters must be submitted with the Master application online.
    ETH students continuing a consequtive Master programme add the reference letters to their ESOP application.

All information provided in the application must be complete, correct and handled in by time (15 December). The pre-proposal for the Master’s thesis must be developed by yourself and use established scientific citation practice.


Plagiarism, negligent or intentional misinformation will lead to exclusion from the admission process or – if discovered later – to the revocation of the admission and of any scholarship.

If you are applying for more than one Master’s programme, please submit a separate application form for each degree programme.


Important Information
External applicants must also apply for a Master’s degree programme at ETH Zurich.

If you are already enrolled in a Master’s degree programme at ETH Zurich, you are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Amount and Duration

The Excellence Scholarship consists of a grant covering living and study expenses (CHF 12’000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver. The scholarship starts with the Master’s degree programme and is awarded for the regular duration of the Master’s programme (three or four semesters).

Application Deadline

The application window for the academic year 2020/21 is from 1st of Nov 2019 until 15th of Dec 2019


The applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committees of the respective Master’s programmes. The final decision for awarding scholarships in the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme rests with the Rector of the ETH. The number of annual scholarships depends on the availability of funds. The decisions are communicated approx. mid of March.


Visit ESOP page for more info.

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