Phd Scholarships in Switzerland Worth CHF 175000 from ETH for Development

Phd Scholarships in Switzerland Worth CHF 175000 from ETH for Development

Suisse 30 avr. 2020
ETH for Development

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The ETH for Development foundation is offering the Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Switzerland that promotes 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.


  • 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 LowIncome Countries according to the OECD DAC-list classification.

  • The supervisor

    • The candidate identifies a professor of ETH Zurich who agrees to give him or her support in elaborating the full proposal, if the concept note should be selected to supervise the candidate, if the full proposal is selected for funding.

    • 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 research topic is within the thematic scope of ETH Zurich. 

    • The proposal is a new doctoral project, not complementary funding to 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 expected impact of the research is high for the intended target group. 


  • High English proficiency level is necessary.
  • Maximum age: 40 years.
  • Excellent Master’s Degree and high academic performance is necessary.
  • You can only contact an ETH professor with a concrete project idea.
  • The proposal must not exceed 15 pages and has to include the following elements: 
    • Cover page including executive summary. 

    • Clearly defined and justified objectives. 

    • Problem definition, state of research (own and others) and references (to be included into appendix).

    • Project description, hypotheses, novelty of the research, research approach and methodology (including logical framework matrix). 

    • Description of the institutional framework and partnership, explaining the contribution of all involved partners. 

    • Supervision/supervising team. 

    • Work plan with milestones. 

    • Critical assessment of chances and risks. 

    • Expected results and strategy for their implementation (method or product to be developed and its relevance to end users). 

    • Detailed budget for each year of the scholarship, differentiating all funding sources including those of the ETH chair and partner contributions (financial or in-kind).


  • The E4D doctoral scholarship is CHF 175000 for a period of three years. 

  • The scholarship period can be extended on a no-cost extension. 

  • Out of the scholarship grant, CHF 166800 is reserved to cover the salary of the E4D Fellow for three years (level of employment: 100%, incl. social security), CHF 8’200 for material costs and/or travels. Employment after the granted time period must be financed by other sources. 

  • The doctoral salary must be on the level of the ETH standard doctoral salary. 

  • Adjustments of the salary scale might be made in adherence to the general ETH Domain remuneration policy as defined by the ETH Board. 

  • Any extra costs associated with salary scale increases affected during the funding period must be borne by the host professorship.

About ETH4D:-

ETH for Development (ETH4D) is an ETH-wide initiative that aims to develop innovations that address the global challenges and educate future leaders in sustainable development. It also aims to combine technological innovation with a profound understanding of people’s behavior and their environments to identify new solutions for improving the lives of poor people. ETH4D therefore supports research, which combines the knowledge and skills of engineering, the natural and the social sciences and promotes the collaboration between scientific research, civil society, industry and policy.

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