Engineering for Development Doctoral Scholarships for Low-Income Countries 2024

Engineering for Development Doctoral Scholarships for Low-Income Countries 2024

The Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich in collaboration with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology offers its Engineering for Development Doctoral Scholarships. The goal of the Engineering for Development (E4D) Programme is to promote research and education for people in low-​income countries.

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.


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich
  • Host Institution(s): Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich
  • Funding Amount: 200’000 CHF
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Doctoral
  • Nationality: Low-​income countries

Also Apply: University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award 2024 (Fully-funded)

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Engineering for Development Doctoral Scholarships are as follows:

For the Candidate:

  • The general entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich1 and the respective department must be fulfilled.
  • Experience in the selected research area is required.
  • Candidates must be citizens of low- and lower-middle-income countries according to the OECD DAC-2024-25 list classification.

For 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.
  • 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.

For 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.

See Also: Study in Switzerland: ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grant 2024

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: The application procedure for the Engineering for Development Doctoral Scholarships consists of two steps.

First step: The candidate submits the Concept Note Application Form 2024 to the E4D programme office by e-mail to [email protected]. ​

The concept note application must include:

  • Completed Concept Note Application Form 2024 (DOCX, 37 KB)
  • 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

Second step: Candidates whose concept note is accepted by the E4D committee elaborate a full proposal together with the professor who agreed to supervise the project. If the candidate and the professor do not know each other, they must set up a meeting to discuss the full proposal elaboration. This meeting can be a face-to-face meeting or an online meeting.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024

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