Alfred Werner Scholarship Program

Master of Science Studies of Chemistry in Switzerland

The program supports highly talented students to perform their Master of Science (MSc) studies in Chemistry, Biochemistry or the Pharmaceutical Sciences at a Swiss University or at one of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. The program targets students from foreign countries ranking in the top ten percent of their bachelor of science (BSc) programs. The stipends amount to CHF 30'000. The program is supported by the Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well as by a number of private donors. The SCS Foundation actively supports the integration of the Alfred Werner Scholars, offering mentorships, visits at the program-supporting industrial partners ("Meet and Greet" Program; see pages for each Class) and free access to the events of the Swiss Chemical Society. Between 2013 and 2020, 48 students from 30 countries were granted an Alfred Werner Scholarship. Many of them continued their career in Switzerland; others went abroad again to experience more of this world. Some of the most senior scholars now work for Swiss companies (see Alfred Werner Scholar Gallery).


The scholarships are granted to nominees presented by the institutions that admitted the students to their MSc Programs; The SCS Foundation does not accept applications from individuals.The nominations are reviewed by the Alfred Werner Fund Allocation Committee. The members of the Committee are appointed by the participating companies and academic institutions.

Next Call for Nominations:
Master's Student Scholarships 2022-2024: Call open until March 31, 2022

The current members of the Committee are:

Dr. Alain de Mesmaeker, Chair, Swiss Chemical Society and Syngenta

Dr. Richard Lewis, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel

Prof. Jeffrey W. Bode, ETH Zurich

Dr. Maud Reiter, Firmenich SA, Genève

Prof. Peter Chen, ETH Zurich

Prof. Karl Gademann, University of Zurich

Dr. Stefan Hildbrand, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel

Dr. Markus Gautschi, Givaudan Suisse SA, Dübendorf

Dr. Edouard Godineau, Syngenta

Prof. Jiri Vanicek, EPFL Lausanne

Prof. Titus A. Jenny, University of Fribourg

Prof. Stefan Matile, University of Geneva

Prof. Philippe Renaud, University of Berne

Prof. Christof Sparr, University of Basel

Prof. Bruno Therrien, University of Neuchâtel

Facts & Figures

Between 2013 and 2020, 48 students from 30 different countries were granted an Alfred Werner Scholarship.

The Table shows the countries of origin of the Alfred Werner Scholars, the countries where they earned their BSc degree, the share of female scholars, and the Swiss universities they enrolled in for their MSc studies.