Excellence Master Fellowships


The Faculty of Sciences, in collaboration with external partners, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Admission criteria can be consulted on the relevant Master web pages. French proficiency is no longer a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of sciences.

The next application deadline is 15 March 2018 (for Masters starting in September 2018).

Why choose a Master in biology in Geneva?

Research projects done during the Master in Biology relate to fields as diverse as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, evolution, developmental biology, plant or animal biology, anthropology, physiology, microbiology or biomedical research. This course of studies offers improvement of practice knowledge, thanks to work performed in the laboratory.
It also offers the possibility to carry out training courses in other fields such as marine biology, ecology, as well as tropical or alpine botany.
In addition to the Master in Biology, with an open choice of classes, several specialized orientations offer a focused program (compulsory classes and restricted choices).

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Section of Biology highlights

How to color a lizard: from biology to mathematics

A multidisciplinary team led by Michel Milinkovitch describes how the southwestern European lizard slowly acquires its intricate adult skin colour, by linking the equations of Alan Turing with a computational system invented by John von Neumann. Published on April 12, 2017 in Nature, this biology-driven research allows to link, for the first time, the work of these two giants in mathematics.

The liver increases by half during the day

A study led by Ueli Schibler and Frédéric Gachon showed in mice that the size of the liver increases by almost half before returning to its initial dimensions, according to the phases of activity and rest, in a circadian fashion. Published on May 4, 2017 in Cell, this study describes the cellular mechanisms of this fluctuation, which disappears when the normal biological rhythm is reversed.

Winners 2017

  • Vitalii Ivanitsa Biologie
  • Zsofia Keszei Biologie
  • Rodrigue Peraldi Biologie

Winners 2016

  • Maud Oïhénart Biology
  • Milica Perisic Biology
  • Bogoljub Tirckovic Biology
  • Benjamin Planterose Chemical biology
  • Chloé Rogg Chemical biology

Winners 2015

  • Reem Adem Biology-Mathematics
  • Sacha Decostered Biology-Mathematics
  • Luc Farrera Chemical biology
  • Anton Shuster Chemical biology

Winners 2014

  • Kristina Cermakova
  • Aleksandra Lezaja
  • Roman Podolec
  • Lyudmil Raykov

Winners 2013

  • Sarah Cachelin
  • Lukas Hafner
  • Matti Lindup
  • Boris Sieber