Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme 2020

Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme 2020
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Grant 175,000 CHF Doctorate Partial Funding » Deadline: April 30, 2020 Location: » Switzerland

The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships promote doctoral research for the benefit of underprivileged people in low-​income countries.

It awards two doctoral scholarships per year and promotes innovative projects that are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people in low-​income countries.

Grant

  • The grant sum is 175,000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral students for three years.
Requirements

Eligibility

The candidate

  • The general entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich and at the respective department must be fulfilled.
  • Experience in the selected research area is required.
  • Preference will be given to citizens of Least Developed Countries and other Low-Income Countries according to the OECD DAC-list classification (soft factor).

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.
  • The supervisor confirms his/her commitment to the project by a letter of support, indicating his/her contribution to the project in cash or kind.

The research project

  • The proposal is a new doctoral project, not complementary funding to on-going research.
  • The research topic is relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people.
  • The ecological, socio-economic and cultural context is taken into account.
  • The expected impact of the research is high for the intended target group.

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.
  • Preference will be given to projects with partners in Least Developed Countries and other Low-Income Countries according to the OECD DAC-list classification.

Only candidates with the support of an ETH professor are eligible to apply. Please find the application criteria and procedure below.

Application

E4D Doctoral Scholarship Application 2020: Concept Note

Please read the following documents:

Eligibility Criteria and Application Requirements (PDF, 204 KB)

Application Form (DOCX, 35 KB)

Important to note:

  • High English proficiency level is necessary
  • Maximum age: 40 years
  • Excellent MSc Degree and high academic performance is necessary
  • ONLY contact an ETH professor with a concrete project idea

Find an ETH professor through the departments and institutes webpage

Send your concept note application in one single pdf file to e4d@sl.ethz.ch

Read the application requirements here.

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