Applications for the ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Program 2023 are now open. The ETH4D provides grants for mentoring doctoral candidates from low- and lower-middle-income countries.
The mentorship is a one-year appointment and comprises the following components:
- Mentorship from one ETH professor, senior scientist or postdoc over a period of one year of the mentee’s doctoral studies. They suggest monthly meetings and clearly defined goals of the project, e.g., presentation at a conference, joint publication. ETH mentors are free to serve on the doctoral committee of the ETH4D mentee, but this is not a requirement.
- Research stay at the mentor’s research group (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for 1-3 months during the mentorship period.
- Financial support for attending a conference and/or research material.
Benefits from Development Doctoral Mentorship
The grant covers expenses up to a maximum of 15k CHF and includes the following:
- Economy roundtrip ticket (max. 2 kCHF) to and from Switzerland for the research stay
- Visa fees
- Travel allowance to attend an academic conference
- Research material (e.g. lab equipment) (max 6 kCHF in total).
- Fees for health insurance
- Local transportation
- Living allowance for the duration of the research stay at ETH Zurich
Eligibility for Development Doctoral Mentorship
- Eligible are doctoral candidates who are registered at a university or research institute in any country listed in the DAC-list of the OECD except from upper-middle-income countries.
- The application needs to be submitted by the ETH professorship hosting the doctoral candidate. Applications directly submitted by the doctoral candidate will NOT be considered.
Application of Development Doctoral Mentorship
All application documents must be written in English submitted electronically:
- Budget (Download template)
- Project description (see criteria document for points that need to be addressed)
- Motivation letter of the doctoral candidate (1 page)
- Most recent university transcripts
- CV of doctoral candidate (max. 2 pages) incl. publications
- Two academic reference letters
- Doctoral project proposal (if available)
- Support letter of the hosting ETH professor, including any financial and in-kind contributions (in case the mentor is a senior scientist or postdoc, both, the mentor and their professor has to sign the support letter)
Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.
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