• - October 31, 2023
  • Partially Funded
  • Switzerland

The ETH4D Faculty Exchange Grants 2023 is a program of the ETH4D initiative at ETH Zurich. The initiative aims to promote the use of science and technology for development (STD) in low and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs). The Faculty Exchange Grants support two types of exchanges:

  • ETH4D Visiting Scientist Grant: This grant supports visiting scientists from LMICs to conduct a short research stay or to attend a conference or workshop organized by ETH Zurich scientists. The grant covers the costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence.
  • ETH4D Teaching Stay Grant: This grant supports the teaching activities of ETH scientists or ETH emeriti at partner institutions in LMICs. Activities include delivering lectures, courses, or seminars; or attending collaboration meetings. The grant covers the costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence.

The grants are open to scientists from all disciplines, but preference will be given to proposals that address the following themes:

  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Health and well-being
  • Water and sanitation
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Education and skills development
  • Governance and institutions

Main applicant: Senior scientists and professors of ETH Zurich who are hired at least in a 50% position. The call is open to researchers from all disciplines of the ETH domain.

Grant sum: max. 10 kCHF

Accelerating the development and deployment of innovative solutions to global challenges requires close collaboration of scientists and engineers with stakeholders from NGOs and the public and private sectors. To bridge the gap between academia and practice, ETH4D hosts thematic matchmaking events that bring together ETH Zurich researchers and solution-seeking NGOs and companies. If you are interested in co-organizing such an event, please reach out to Dr. Alexandra Hees.

ETH Zurich’s Strategy and Development Plan provides a roadmap for the next four years: it is a tool to help the ETH community and the institution as a whole chart its course when it comes to education, research, and knowledge and technology transfer. Just like science itself, this process is not linear, but rather more akin to a constant search for solutions and a willingness to critically examine what has already been achieved.

The next application deadline for the ETH4D Faculty Exchange Grants is October 31, 2023.




  • For visiting scientists:
    • The grant provides funding for travel, accommodation, and living expenses.
    • The grant also provides funding for research activities, such as attending conferences, conducting workshops, or collaborating with ETH scientists.
    • The grant provides an opportunity to learn from ETH scientists and to network with other researchers from around the world.
    • The grant can help to strengthen the visiting scientist’s research profile and to advance their career.
  • For ETH scientists:
    • The grant provides funding to support collaboration with researchers from low- and middle-income countries.
    • The grant can help to promote knowledge sharing and capacity building in these countries.
    • The grant can help to raise awareness of ETH’s research in these countries.
    • The grant can help to strengthen ETH’s reputation as a global leader in development research.


  • Eligibility for Visiting Scientist Grant:
    • The main applicant must be a senior scientist or professor at ETH Zurich who is hired at least in a 50% position.
    • The visiting scientist must be affiliated with an institution in a country classified under the categories according to the DAC list of the OECD. Preference will be given to “least developed”, “low-income” and “lower-middle income” countries.
    • The visiting scientist must have existing or planned research collaborations with the hosting professor.
    • The visiting scientist must have proven academic qualifications.
  • Eligibility for Teaching Stay Grant:
    • The main applicant must be an ETH scientist (including doctoral candidates and senior scientists) or ETH professor emeriti.
    • The teaching stay must take place at a partner institution in a country listed in the OECD DAC List.
    • The teaching stay must be relevant to the applicant’s research interests and to the development goals of the partner institution.
    • The teaching stay must be for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks.
Eligible Regions: The ETH4D Faculty Exchange Grants are open to visiting scientists who are affiliated with an academic institution in a low- or lower-middle-income country. The list of eligible countries is based on the DAC-list of the OECD. The DAC-list classifies countries into three categories: Least developed countries (LDCs): These countries are characterized by low income, high levels of poverty, and weak human resources. Low-income countries (LICs): These countries have a lower per capita income than LDCs, but they are not classified as LDCs because they have made significant progress in reducing poverty. Lower-middle-income countries (LMICs): These countries have a higher per capita income than LICs, but they still face significant development challenges.

Application Process

  1. Go to the ETH4D website and download the application form.
  2. Complete the application form and submit it together with the following supporting documents:
    • Description of the Research Stay or Conference/Workshop attendance (1-2 pages)
    • Budget (using budget template)
    • CVs of all involved persons (1-2 pages each)
    • Letter of support from ETH professor
    • Support or invitation letter of the hosting partner university (for Teaching Stay Grant only)

Application Deadline: October 31, 2023

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