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ETH Zurich Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme (Up to 200,000 CHF)

ETH Zurich Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme (Up to 200,000 CHF)

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ETH Zurich Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme (Up to 200,000 CHF)

Doctoral Scholarship Programme fosters research & education for low-income country individuals via Engineering for Development (E4D). The E4D Programme is generously funded through the external pageSawiris Foundation for Social Development and the external pageSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


  • The grant sum is 200’000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral students for three years. ETH professors cover the 4th year of the doctoral studies as well as costs related to the research itself.

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Eligibility for Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme

  • The general entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich and the respective department must be fulfilled.
  • Experience in the selected research area is required.
  • Applicants should be citizens of low- and lower-middle-income countries according to the OECD DAC-2024-2025 list

The Supervisor 

  • The doctoral supervisor must be an ETH professor and must have a guaranteed ETH position for the entire duration of the proposed project. Candidates may be co-supervised by advisors at at a Federal Research Instittue (Eawag, Empa, PSI, & WSL), but they must also have an advisorship from a professor at ETH Zurich.
  • It is expected that the ETH Zurich professor supports the candidate in elaborating the full proposal, if the concept note should be selected, and to supervise the candidate, if the full proposal is selected for funding.
  • The supervisor confirms their commitment to the project by a letter of support, indicating their contribution to the project in cash or kind.

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The research Project 

  • The research topic is within the thematic scope of ETH Zurich.
  • The proposal is a new doctoral project, not complementary funding to an on-going research.
  • Subject of the proposed research is the development of methods, technologies, tools or products, which generate a direct impact for underprivileged people in low-income countries.
  • The ecological, socio-economic and cultural context is taken into account.

The Partnership

  • Projects involving research partners from a low-​income country have to be based on the
    KFPE principles.
  • All partners are involved in project formulation and development.
  • All partners make a substantial in-​kind or cash commitment.
  • The project is integrated in the general activities of the involved institutions.
  • Projects must include partners from countries on the external pageOECD DAC-​2024-25

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Application of Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme

The concept note application must include:

  • Completed Concept Note Application Form 2024
  • CV of the candidate
  • Excellent MSc degree from a recognised university and grade transcripts
  • Support letter of the supervising professor at ETH Zurich
  • 2 reference letters from your field of research
  • Relevant own publications or documentation of relevant activities relating to the project
  • List of 5 independent reviewers (same field of research, but unknown to candidate and professor)
  • Bibliography

Please refer to the Eligibility and Criteria Document before applying. 


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 April,2024
OrganizerETH Zurich
Contact the organizer[email protected].



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