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Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Grants Programme 2017/2018

ETH Zurich is seeking applications for the Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme,offering grants to individuals and promoting projects which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries

Application Deadline: 31st March 2017

To be taken at (country): ETH Zurich, Switzerland

About the Award: The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarship programme promotes the development of products or methods which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing or transition countries. It awards two doctoral fellowships per year and promotes projects which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries.

Type: Doctoral, Grants

Eligibility: To be admitted to the selection process, the application has to fulfil the following requirements:

The candidate

  • The entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich and at the particular 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 classification.

The supervisor

  • 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.
  • If the concept note is selected for elaboration into a full proposal, the supervisor invites the candidate for a lab visit and an interview with the selection committee at the expense of his/her chair. This does not apply to candidates who know the supervisor already.

The research project

  • The proposal is a new doctoral project, not complementary funding to on-going research.
  • The proposal is of high scientific quality.
  • The research topic is innovative and relevant for development.
  • The ecological, socio-economic and cultural context is taken into account.
  • The research project is realistic and reasonable results can be expected.
  • The expected impact of the research is high for the intended target group

The partnership

  • Projects involving a research partner from a developing 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 lowincome countries according to the OECD classification.

Number of Awardees: two

Value of Grants: The grant sum is 175’000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral student for three years.

How to Apply:  The application in electronic form is submitted by the professor of ETH Zurich who has accepted to supervise the candidate.

It is important to go through the Application procedure before applying.

Visit Grants Webpage for details

Award Provider: The programme is funded through the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development since 2008.

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