The Higher Institute of International and Development Studies Scholarships for Masters and PhD studies in Switzerland 2022 (Funded)


About the Higher Institute of International and Development Studies

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, or Graduate Institute, is a government-accredited postgraduate institution of higher education entirely dedicated to the study of international issues. It is ranked 15 th in the entire country of Switzerland.

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, or the Graduate Institute (French: Institut de Hautes études Internationales et du développement, previously known as Institut des Hautes études Internationales), abbreviated IHEID (previously HEI, IHEI, or IUHEI), is a government-accredited postgraduate institution of higher education located in Geneva, Switzerland.[3][4]

The institution counts one UN secretary-general (Kofi Annan), seven Nobel Prize recipients, one Pulitzer Prize winner, and numerous ambassadors, foreign ministers, and heads of state among its alumni and faculty.[5] Founded by two senior League of Nations officials, the Graduate Institute maintains strong links with that international organization’s successor, the United Nations, and many alumni have gone on to work at UN agencies.

Founded in 1927, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEI or HEI) was continental Europe’s oldest school of international relations and was the world’s first graduate institute dedicated solely to the study of international affairs.[6] It offered one of the first doctoral programs in international relations in the world. In 2008, the Graduate Institute absorbed the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, a smaller postgraduate institution also based in Geneva founded in 1961. The merger resulted in the current Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.[7]

Today the school enrolls close to a thousand postgraduate students from over 100 countries. Foreign students make up nearly 90% of the student body and the school is officially a bilingual English-French institution, although the majority of classes are in English.[8] With Maison de la Paix acting as its primary seat of learning, the Institute’s campuses are located blocks from the United Nations Office at Geneva, International Labour Organization, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Intellectual Property Organization and many other international organizations.[9][10]

It runs joint degree programs with universities such as Smith College and Yale University and is Harvard Kennedy School’s only partner institution to co-deliver double degrees.[11][12] The school is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), a group of schools that specialize in public policy, public administration, and international affairs.

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Former namesThe Graduate Institute of International Studies (1927–2007)
TypeSemi-private, semi-public graduate school
DirectorMarie-Laure Salles
Academic staff73 professors, 12 (senior) lecturers, 39 visiting
Students951 (89% international)
LocationGeneva, Switzerland
Working languagesEnglish and French
NicknameThe Graduate Institute, IHEID, HEI
AffiliationsEuropaeum, APSIA, EUA, ECUR, EADI, AUF

Why choose to study at the Higher Institute for International and Development Studies?

At the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, courses are taught in English, and to a lesser extent in French and a set of conceptual, theoretical, methodological and practical foundations.

Best universities in Switzerland 2022

 World University Rank 2022Switzerland Rank 2022University City 
 151ETH Zurich Zurich 
 =402École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Lausanne 
 =753University of Zurich Zurich 
 =1014University of Bern Bern
 1035University of Basel Basel
 =1766University of Lausanne Lausanne
 =1977University of Geneva Geneva
 301-350=8University of St Gallen St. Gallen
 301-350=8Università della Svizzera Italiana Lugano
 401–500 10University of Fribourg Fribourg
 601-80011University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtel

Scholarship Details

  • Application deadline: November 15, 2021
  • Host University: Higher Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Study Level: Master’s or Doctorate
  • The host country is Switzerland.

Funding in the Scholarship

Benefits:- Scholarships will be provided to the selected candidates to cover the educational cost of the postgraduate program at IHEID.

How to Apply for the Scholarship

  • How to Apply: Students must register, login, and complete their own application process to register themselves through the Moddle portal. Students wishing to apply for the opportunity are required to fill out the financial aid form available at the time of application.
  • Supporting Documents: Students are required to submit the following documents to the university:
    • A letter of motivation describing why you want to study at the Institute (800 words maximum, in French or English)
    • Curriculum vitae (in French or English)
    • Official academic records showing all courses taken, along with grading scales and their value (credits)
    • A copy of all university diplomas and qualifications obtained
    • Copy of passport / personal details page
    • Two academic references
    • Covering letter explaining financial need
    • A copy of the most recent tax certificate or tax return for you and your parents/wife
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to their program of study, from an accredited university. Professional experience and extracurricular activities are not mandatory but can be an asset to the application.
  • Language Requirement: Students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE and CEP test scores are accepted.