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ETH for Development (ETH4D) Doctoral Mentorship Grants

Last updated: Nov 10, 2023

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Target: Low Income Countries,

Award Value: Fully Funded,

Host Institution: ETH Zurich


Expired 87 days ago

ETH for Development (ETH4D) Doctoral Mentorship GrantsApplications are invited from suitably qualified candidates from low- and lower-middle income countries around the globe for ETH for Development (ETH4D) Doctoral Mentorship Program. The candidates are entitled to receive grants up to 15,000 Swiss Franc including other benefits. Interested applicants are urged to apply before the end of January.

Program Details

The ETH4D provide grants for mentoring doctoral candidates from socio-economically low and middle 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. We 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.

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Award Benefits

The grant covers expenses up to a maximum of 15,000 CHF and includes the following:

  • Economy roundtrip ticket (max. 2,000 CHF) to and from Switzerland for the research stay
  • Visa fees
  • Travel allowance to attend an academic conference
  • Research material (e.g. lab equipment) (max. 6,000 CHF in total).
  • Fees for health insurance
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance for the duration of the research stay at ETH Zurich

Level and Areas of Study

The offer is for doctoral candidates in eligible courses.

Place of Study

The Program is to be held in ETH Zurich University in Switzerland.

Eligibility Criteria

The following conditions are required for candidates to be eligible for ETH for Development (ETH4D) Doctoral Mentorship Programme:

  • Eligible are doctoral candidates who are registered at a university or research institute in a least-​ developed, low-​ and lower-​middle-income country.
  • 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.

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Application Procedure

All application documents must be written in English submitted electronically in the form below.

  • 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) including 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 have to sign the support letter)

Submission Deadline: March 30.

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