The ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants are a program of the ETH for Development (ETH4D) initiative at ETH Zurich. The program provides grants to support doctoral candidates from low- and lower-middle-income countries who are researching development-related issues.
The grants cover the following components:
- Mentorship from one ETH professor, senior scientist, or postdoc for one year.
- A research stay at ETH Zurich for 1-3 months during the mentorship period.
- A grant of up to 15,000 Swiss francs to cover expenses related to the research stay, such as travel, accommodation, and living costs.
Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited university in a low- or lower-middle-income country. Their research must be relevant to development-related issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, or sustainable development.
The ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants are a valuable opportunity for doctoral candidates from low- and lower-middle-income countries to gain access to world-class research facilities and expertise at ETH Zurich. The program also provides a unique opportunity to network with other researchers and develop professional skills.
If you are a doctoral candidate from a low- or lower-middle-income country who is researching development-related issues, you are encouraged to apply for the ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants. There are four application deadlines per year: 31 January, 30 April, 30 June, and 31 October.
The goal of the ETH4D Research Challenges is to enable collaborations on project-based research between ETH researchers, non-academic partners (i.e. private Sector, NGOs, governmental organizations), and partners from low- and middle-income countries to develop effective solutions for poverty reduction combining technologies, policies and a profound understanding of human behavior.
Humanitarian Action Challenges
The goal of the ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges is to support project-based research between ETH Zurich and EPFL researchers and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to leverage science and technology for a greater impact on humanitarian action.
For more information, please visit their official website.
- Mentorship from a leading ETH professor, senior scientist, or postdoc: This will provide you with guidance and support on your research, as well as help you develop your career in development research.
- A research stay at ETH Zurich: This will give you the opportunity to conduct your research in a world-class research environment and network with other researchers.
- Financial support: The grant covers a maximum of 15,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) in expenses, which can be used to cover the cost of your research stay, travel, and other related expenses.
- The opportunity to publish research: The ETH4D program encourages mentees to publish their research in high-quality journals and conferences.
- Personal and professional development: The mentorship program will provide you with opportunities to learn and grow as a researcher and as a person. You will have the chance to develop your research skills, your communication skills, and your teamwork skills.
- A global network: The ETH4D program will connect you with a network of researchers from around the world. This network can be a valuable resource for your research and your career.
- A sense of purpose: The ETH4D program is committed to supporting development research. By participating in the program, you will be helping to make a difference in the world.
- The doctoral candidate must be registered at a university or research institute in the least developed, low-income, or lower-middle-income country according to the OECD/DAC 2022-2023 list.
- The doctoral candidate must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program in a field relevant to ETH4D’s research areas, which include:
- Sustainable development
- Poverty alleviation
- Climate change
- The doctoral candidate must have a strong academic record and a clear research proposal.
- The doctoral candidate must be able to communicate effectively in English.
- The application must be submitted by the ETH professorship hosting the doctoral candidate.
- The application needs to be submitted by the ETH professorship hosting the doctoral candidate. Applications directly submitted by the doctoral candidate will NOT be considered.
- The application deadline is 31 October 2023.
- The application must be submitted electronically in the form.
- The application documents must be written in English.
- The application documents include:
- A cover letter that explains the relevance of the mentorship to the doctoral candidate’s research and the benefits of the mentorship to the ETH4D community.
- A CV of the doctoral candidate.
- A letter of support from the doctoral candidate’s supervisor.
- A research proposal that outlines the objectives of the mentorship and the expected outcomes.
- A budget that outlines the expenses that will be covered by the grant.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link