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Solidarity fund foundation for foreign students in Zurich


Purpose and Tasks

The Solidarity Fund supports foreign students who are matriculated at the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich. It gives them access to education and fosters internationality and diversity. It offers equal opportunity to foreign students who find themselves in difficulat financial circumstances.

The Solidarity Fund is financed by voluntary contributions from students and professors of both universities. It was founded in 1976 as an association, and became a foundation in 1982.


The organs of the foundation are its board and executive board.

The foundation board comprises five members:

  • two student representatives from University of Zurich’s VSUZH association
  • one student representative from ETH Zurich’s VSETH association
  • one representative from the administration or teaching staff of the University of Zurich
  • one representative from the administration or teaching staff of ETH Zurich

The heads of the respective Financial Aid Offices at UZH and ETH attend Solidarity Fund meetings in an advisory capacity.

Foundation Board




Isaias Moser, President and UZH student representative
Regula Christen, Vice President and Head of ETH Student Services
Peter Collmer, Delegate of the UZH President
Lorena Kuratle, ETH student representative
Sascha Deboni, UZH student representative




Head Office

Heidi Tomasello

Scholarship applications

Only students who submit their applications directly to the Financial Aid Offices will be considered.

University of Zurich students:
Financial Aid Office, University of Zurich
Ms Brigitte Ortega
Rämistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Phone: 044 634 22 04

ETH Zurich students:
Financial Aid Office, ETH Zurich
Ms Heidi Tomasello
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich
Phone: 044 632 30 38

Weiterführende Informationen

Head Office

Contact for general questions:

Stiftung Solidaritätsfonds für ausländische Studierende in Zürich
c/o ETH Zürich
Frau Heidi Tomasello
HG F 22.1
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich
Phone: 044 632 30 38

Information on applying for a scholarship for students

Bank Account

Account number: 80-8631-8
IBAN: CH59 0900 0000 8000 8631 8

Scholarships: some facts and figures