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Sawiris PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries, Switzerland 2012

Scholarship Name: Sawiris PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries, Switzerland 2012

Brief description

ETH Zürich, North-South Center funded Sawiris PhD Scholarships for developed countries and other low-income countries, Switzerland, 2012.

Accepted Subject Areas?

Courses relating to national development

About Scholarship

The Sawiris Scholarships promote doctoral research for the benefit of developing countries. The doctoral research projects have to be innovative and develop a method or product, which is directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries.

Scholarship Offered Since: not specified

Scholarship Type: full PhD research scholarship

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

  • Projects involving a research partner from a developing country have to be based on the KFPE principles.
  • All partners have been involved in project formulation and development.
  • All partners make a substantial in-kind or cash commitment.
  • The project is integrated into the general activities of the involved institutions.
  • Preference will be given to projects with partners in least developed countries and other low-income countries according to the OECD classification.

Who is qualified to apply?

  • Must be a  citizen of least developed countries and other low-income countries according to the OECD classification.
  • Must be experienced in the selected research area.

How Many Scholarship Positions are available? Several

What are the benefits?

A scholarship of CHF 150’000 can be granted per proposal for a period of three years.

How long will sponsorship last?

For three years duration of the programme

Eligible Countries

Developing Countries and Least Developing Countries

To be taken at (country): Switzerland

What time of year does Application Close?

The deadline is on 31 October 2012.

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply?

The application procedure consists of the two following steps:

  • The candidate has to submit a concept note (see details below) to the North-South Centre, Emma Lindberg at elindberg[at]ethz.ch. Only concept notes fulfilling all indicated requirements will be admitted to the first selection. They will be evaluated by the selection committee with regard to its suitability for the Sawiris Scholarships.
  • Candidates whose concept note has been accepted by the selection committee are entitled to elaborate a full proposal . The proposal has to be submitted to the North-South Centre by the supervising ETH professor.
  • The application has to be submitted in electronic form.

How can I get more information?

If you need more Information about this scholarship, kindly visit the Scholarship Webpage


The North-South Centre Research for Development, ETH Zurich

Important Notes:

When preparing your concept note, please use the standard form and send it together with your CV and letter of support by the supervising ETH professor to Emma Lindberg at elindberg[at]ethz.ch. Only complete applications will be accepted. Download the standard form here PDF, 164 KB

Full proposal

The proposal of maximum 15 pages has to include the following information:

  • 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, innovativeness of the research, research methodology, and corresponding logical framework matrix.
  • Description of the institutional framework and partnership, explaining the contribution of all involved partners (if applicable)
  • Supervision and backstopping
  • 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)