ETH Zurich 2023 ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants for Developing Countries for Master

ETH Zurich 2023 ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants for Developing Countries for Master

ETH4D provides grants for mentoring doctoral candidates from low- and lower-middle-income 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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible are doctoral candidates who are registered at a university or research institute in any country listed in the DAC-list of the OECD1 except from upper-middle-income countries.

Offered Benefits

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

  • Economy roundtrip ticket (max. 2 kCHF) 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 kCHF in total).
  • Fees for health insurance
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance for the duration of the research stay at ETH Zurich  

Application Process

Go to ETH Zurich on to apply

Deadline for applications is on a rolling basis. Applications can therefore be submitted at any time during the year. The application needs to be submitted by the ETH professor hosting the doctoral student. Applications submitted directly by the student will NOT be considered.

Please complete the electronic application form and upload all required documents.

Required Documents:

  • Budget ( Downloadtemplate budget (XLSX, 12 KB)vertical_align_bottom)
  • 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) incl. 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 has to sign the support letter)
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