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Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Program (Switzerland) 2024

The goal of the Engineering for Development (E4D) Programme is to promote research and education for people in low-?income countries. The E4D Programme is generously funded through the external pageSawiris Foundation for Social Developmentcall_made and the external pageSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.call_made

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.

Aim and Benefits 

  • The grant sum is 200’000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral students for three years.


  • 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

Documents Required for Application

The concept note application must include:

  • Completed DownloadConcept Note Application Form 2024 (PDF, 127 KB)vertical_align_bottom
  • 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

Application Deadline

April 30, 2024

How to Apply

The application procedure 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]. Only concept notes fulfilling all indicated requirements will be taken into consideration and will be evaluated by the ETH4D Committee for Exchanges with regard to their suitability for the second step. The deadline for submitting concept notes is 30 April 2024.

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.

For more details,visit E4D website

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