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FIFA Master Scholarships and Financial Aid Switzerland 2023/2024

Learn how to apply to the FIFA Master Scholarships & Financial Aid 2023-2024 by yourself. There are things you need to know before you can apply for 2023/2024 FIFA master Scholarships & Financial Aid.
Scholarships and financial support are important for many candidates. The FIFA Master program offers a total of five scholarships each year. Firstly, there are two “full” African scholarships that cover the fees and living expenses (CHF 45’000.- per scholarship). These scholarships are for students of an African nationality only and may be divided by the Scientific Committee in order to help more than one applicant.

For candidates who have completed one of the FIFA/CIES International University Network Programmes, there are two “full” scholarships (CHF 45’000.-). In some cases, these scholarships are divided by the Scientific Committee in order to help one or more FIFA/CIES International University Network alumni.

Finally, for all other applicants, there are two scholarships that cover the course fees (CHF 25’000.- per scholarship). The Scientific Committee regularly divides these scholarships among several applicants in order to help as many candidates as possible. So, if you are applying for financial support, please be aware that receiving a complete fees scholarship is extremely unlikely.

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Each year a number of postgraduates succeed in obtaining financial support either through sponsors or government-type loans usually in their home country or country of residence. We strongly recommend that you contact alumni from your home country or country of residence and see directly with them if they obtained funding and if so, how. We can provide details of alumni who come from your region during the application process.

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Please note that ALL scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Scientific Committee on the basis of academic standards (merit) and financial need. Consequently, they cannot be applied for as such. If, however, the only way for you to successfully attend the course is through a scholarship, then you must complete the scholarship application form in full, providing as many details as possible.

For applicants wishing to request the FIFA/CIES International University Network Programme scholarship, you should clearly indicate on the online application form that you are a graduate of one of the programs.


The FIFA Master seeks to attract a diverse profile of applicants, those who exhibit a variety of skills and accomplishments. This is in contrast to some courses which target one standard candidate profile. In order to create the most stimulating environment possible for all postgraduates, we consciously select a complementary student body, one that not only reflects a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities but also a wide range of personal interests and professional ambitions.

The common characteristics of our postgraduates are demonstrated by leadership potential and a capacity to thrive in a rigorous academic environment.

All prospective candidates must:
  • Have completed a full course of university study in any discipline and successfully obtained a degree by the application date;
  • Have an excellent command of English, TOEFL minimum score of 100 Internet-based test or IELTS minimum score of 7.5 (or demonstrate a level of proficiency);
  • Have previous work experience;
  • Have an international outlook;
  • Be able to demonstrate an active level of involvement/interest in sport (not just as a participant but in the administration/management of sport);
  • Be motivated and determined to succeed;
  • Be flexible and able to meet the challenges of the course;
  • Have a piece of extensive general knowledge and culture;
  • Be able to work in a group (group work is a key part of the course);
  • Recommended but optional: submit a score from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE.

Failure to fulfill any of the above criteria will mean that your application will not be taken into consideration.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): FIFA/CIES

Scholarship Type: Fully Funded Scholarships

Host Institution(s): CIES Education, Switzerland

Scholarship Worth: CHF 45’000

Number of Awards: 5 Scholarships per year

Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters)

Nationality: Africans/International Students

The FIFA Master Scholarships and Financial Aid Eligibility

  • Applicants should be an International students of African descend
  • Applicants should have a pre-qualification that will enable them to take up a postgraduate study program
  • Applicants should be presented with required Supporting documents for their applications to be accepted
  • Applicants should be ready to abide by the terms and conditions of the program

How To Apply For FIFA Master Scholarships and Financial Aid

Before creating your login, please make sure you have read through all the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and check that you fulfill all the Criteria for Applying.

You should also have read the Financial Aid information, the Terms and Conditions, and the Application Instructions. Also please download and read carefully the FIFA Master Online Application Guidelines and Guidelines to upload files.

If you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail admissions@fifamaster.org

The application deadline for the 23rd Edition (2023-2024) of the FIFA Master

Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The selection process will take around 3-4 months. Applications for the 23rd Edition of the FIFA Master will no longer be accepted under any circumstances. For those of you who would like to apply in the future, the online application form for the 23rd Edition of the FIFA Master (2023/2024) will be available as of October 2023.

The FIFA Master Team

FIFA Master – International Master in Management, Law, and Humanities of Sport, ranked No.1 Course in Europe 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019,  2020, and 2021 by the SportBusiness International global rankings.

Organized by CIES in partnership with De Montfort University (United Kingdom), SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy), and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

Here is the FIFA master scholarships official website for more details


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