Scholarships and academic rewards

There are several different types of scholarships that may be granted to students:

For more information, please consult the Social Services website

  • The Swiss Foundation of studies
    It encourages and grants scholarships to students and doctoral candidates who are particularly talented and deserving. Its goal is to support young people who can and want to take on responsibilities in our society. The Swiss Foundation of studies offers among other things a rich range of complementary and interdisciplinary trainings, an individual programme of encouragements and advice for personal or particular projects. More information on the programme as well as the conditions of admissions can be found on the Swiss Foundation of studies' website.
  • The Branco Weiss Fellowship - Society in Science
    The Branco Weiss Fellowship est une bourse octroyée pour 5 ans à des jeunes chercheurs postdocs proposant, idéalement, un projet non conventionnel dans de nouveaux domaines des sciences, de l'ingénierie ou des sciences sociales. Les conditions de participation et les modalités du dépôt online des candidatures sont accessibles sur :
  • Prix de Thèse René Cassin 2018
    L'appel à candidature pour le Prix de Thèse René Cassin est ouvert aux docteurs en droit qui ont soutenu leur thèse de doctorat au cours de l'année 2017 dans l'un des champs disciplinaires suivants :
    - Droit international des droits de l'homme
    - Droit régional des droits de l'homme
    - Droit comparé des droits de l'homme
    - Théorie juridique des droits de l'homme
    Les candidats désireux de concourir devront adresser à la Fondation René Cassin - Institut International des Droits de l'Homme exemplaires papier de leur thèse, accompagnés du rapport de soutenance ou d'un document équivalent (option applicable aux candidats qui ont soutenu leur thèse dans une université autre que française) et un exemplaire de leur thèse en version électronique avant le 31 janvier 2018 (délai de rigueur.
    Le jury du prix, composé d'universitaires représentatifs des champs disciplinaires concernés, communiquera le nom du lauréat au cours du mois de mai 2018.
    L'ouvrage couronné sera publié aux éditions PEDONE dans la collection des Publications de la Fondation René Cassin qui prendra en charge le coût de l'édition. 
    Personne à contacter : Evangelia Vasalou, Assistante de recherche. Site internet de la Fondation René Cassin.

1. Bachelor of Law

  • The ANED reward

To mark the interest that it has toward the University of Neuchâtel, ANED (Association of Law Students of Neuchâtel) has set forth a prize to reward the student with the best average grade of the Bachelor of Law.

  • The sports reward

In order to reward a student or a team of students – or other people linked to the university’s sports – a sports prize has been set in place.

This reward shall be given to the person or the team that, through their results, their abilities, their engagement and their behaviour has contributed to spreading a sports ethic that is healthy and positive.

The reward, that amounts to 500.- is withdrawn from the rector’s fund.


2. Master of Law

  • The UniNExt reward

The Association of former students of the Faculty of Law (UniNExt) grants a rewards destined to compensate an excellent Master’s dissertation.

  • The Reward of Excellence Jean-Claude Crosetti

Eager to demonstrate his gratitude to the Faculty of Law, Mr. Jean-Claude Crosetti, former student, made a donation in order to create a Fund. The reward is destined to compensate the best Master’s average grade. The reward may be split into equal parts between several candidates, if several students attained the best average grade.

  • The interdisciplinary academic reward for sustainable development

The ‘’interdisciplinary academic reward for sustainable development’’ is granted annually by the rectorate in order to reward Master’s dissertations dedicated to this issue.

The reward is granted to the two best Master’s dissertations accomplished within the civil year preceding the grant of the reward and that are related to sustainable development as it is defined in the reference report Brundtland (Our Common Future, Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, United Nations, 1987). The reward compensates works that show critical spirit as well as take into account the fate of future generations, whilst integrating an interdisciplinary dimension. The grade of the Master’s dissertation must be at least 5.5.

The total value of the reward is 5’000.- meaning 2’500.- per Master’s dissertation.

  • The sports reward

In order to reward a student or a team of students – or other people linked to the university’s sports – a sports prize has been set in place.

This reward shall be given to the person or the team that, through their results, their abilities, their engagement and their behaviour has contributed to spreading a sports ethic that is healthy and positive.

The reward, that amounts to 500.- is withdrawn from the rector’s fund.

  • The SAVs annual reward

The Société Académique du Valais (SAVs) delivers each year one to three rewards allowing compensating works for the obtainment of a Masters according to the definition of Bologne, carried out in the framework of the Hautes Ecoles (Universities, EPF, HES).

Criteria that must be fulfilled (one or the other)

  1. The work must have been carried out by a student residing in Valais or having pursued a part of their primary, secondary or tertiary school in Valais; the theme being in this case absolutely open.

  2. Treat a subject related to Valais.

Discipline concerned for the year 2017: human sciences.

Application deadline expired for 2017. (Société Académique du Valais, Chantal Chassot, secrétaire, Route des Bailles 16 - 1964 Conthey (


3. Doctorate of Law

  • Professor Walther Hug reward

In accordance with the wishes of its founder Walther Hug (1989-1990), who was, for many years, rector of the Haute Ecole of St-Gall and ordinary law professor at the EPF of Zürich, the Professor Walther Hug Foundation grants every year the ‘’Professor Walther Hug Reward’’, destined to compensate the authors of the best doctorate thesis carried out un Swiss universities which, in the most various areas of legal scientific research, obtained the highest grade.

The ‘’Professor Walther Hug Reward’’ is granted each year; the Foundation Council sets the amount that may not be lower than 2’000.-; it is given in the name of the Foundation Council, with a document, during the graduation ceremony.

  • Paul-René Rosset reward

In memory of M. Paul-René Rosset, professor at the University of Neuchâtel, Mrs Marguerite Rosset, his wife, made a donation of 10’000.- to the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel in order to set forth the Paul-René Rosset reward, destined to compensate one of the best Doctorate of Law theses.

The reward is granted every three years during the graduation ceremony.

  • Dominique Favarger Fund

The proceeds of the fund set up in memory of Professor Dominique Favarger shall be destined to encourage the works on history of Neuchâtel law or on general History of Law, Roman law included. The administration of the fund is under the responsibility of the Faculty of Law as well as the Faculty of Economics.

  • Guggenheim reward in International Law

The Paul Guggenheim Foundation, created in 1979 to honour the memory of Professor Guggenheim grants every two years a reward of 15’000.- for a thesis in international public Law that distinguishes itself by its exceptional quality and is the first work of a young author at the beginning of their career.


4. Post doctorate

  • Eugène-Ferdinand Piccard reward

In memory of Eugène-Ferdinand Piccard, naturalist scholar, Swiss encyclopaedist, Ms. Sophie Piccard, former mathematics professor at the Faculty of Science, donated 10’000 to the University, the interests from which will allow granting an academic reward. The interests will be used to create an inter-faculty reward aiming to compensate and encourage, each year, the most capable student having produced an original work in any given cultural area. The reward cannot be split. In the event that no candidate is granted the reward, the interests shall be added to the capital.

  • Nexans reward

Set up by the cultural Fund of Nexans Suisse SA, this reward encourages the career of particularly gifted or talented people in the science field. It may also crown the work of a person whose qualities would have been unknown. It is generally granted to young researchers who have a link to UniNE. The beneficiary of the reward must preferably be, but not necessarily be, in possession of the Swiss nationality. The reward is generally granted to a single person. It can exceptionally be shared by two beneficiaries or be given to a team of researchers. This prize is awarded in turns between the different Faculties of UniNE. The award ceremony takes place on the occasion of a separate event organized by the Faculty.

Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching

Since 2006, the Credit Suisse Foundation grants an annual reward to a teacher who stands out for the excellence of his teaching as well as the interest of his educational vision.

The criteria for the attribution of the award are the following:

  • Innovative nature of teaching
  • Contribution of the teaching to the students’ education
  • Educational interest of the study and learning activities offered to the students

An alternation between faculties has been introduced. The award is therefore granted each year in a different faculty.

A jury nominated by the vice-rector chooses the winner. It is composed of students pursuing their Bachelor or Master degree.

The award, that amounts to 10’000.-., is given by the dean of the designated faculty during the graduation ceremony.