What we promote


architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban construction and room planning


furniture or lighting design, product design, textile design

Arts and crafts

ceramics, jewellery, pottery and glassware, textiles


The Ikea Foundation Switzerland is equipped with three support instruments:


The Ikea Foundation Switzerland provides selected applicants with scholarships for further education. Further education ABROAD is considered exclusively and only if the applicant has already completed an educational programme at Bachelor’s level (or similar). It is also assumed that the beneficiaries have experience of professional practice.

Work or project grants

The Ikea Foundation Switzerland provides financial grants to creative projects such as the development of a prototype for a design object or the presentation of design drafts to a public exhibition. Supporting a project is considered if the intended solution of the task clearly shows an innovative approach.

Grants for events or institutions

The Ikea Foundation Switzerland provides financial grants to institutions that follow the objectives of creative further education in the supported areas, by organising competitions presided over by a panel, for example, and granting prizes or awards.


Which projects are NOT supported?

  • Bachelor’s projects (theses, graduation collections)
  • Internships that are completed during or after a Bachelor’s programme
  • Doctoral theses and other research projects
  • Study or seminar trips
  • Professional reorientation
  • Preparation and creation of publications of any type
  • Retrospective projects or projects aimed at the protection of cultural property
  • Construction, acquisition or renovation of buildings, equipment and machines
  • Projects, in which there is a strong social or commercial focus
  • Individual objects that are planned and/or sold as unique items
  • Architectural models, models for the purpose of urban or room planning
  • College projects such as seminars, conferences, symposia or festivals

Which areas are not considered?

  • Fashion design
  • Visual design/communication
  • Photography
  • Media design
  • Game design
  • Scenography
  • Curating
  • Culture or design management
  • Marketing for design or architectural projects

Which sectors are not considered?

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Film or video
  • Dance or visual arts

How do I submit an application? As a PDF or by post?

The Ikea Foundation Switzerland would like applications to be submitted by email. In each case, the foundation will confirm receipt of the application within a maximum of three weeks. In exceptional cases, the application may be submitted by post (see contact).

What information must be included in the application?

Every application must contain the following content as a minimum:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Covering letter (or letter of motivation)
  3. PDF consisting of: project description (or college certificate), portfolio, budget, CV, reports or diplomas, work references. The PDF must contain no more than 20 pages.

Am I able to telephone someone at the foundation should I have any questions?

Yes. Send us your contact details by email to info@ikea-stiftung.ch mit. We will contact you.