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
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There are four application deadlines per year: 31 March, 30 June, 31 October and 31 December. The next application deadline is 31 October 2022.
Scholarship Study Location
ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Postgraduate Studies (Doctoral Mentorship)
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
Eligible are doctoral candidates who are registered at a university or research institute in a least- developed, low- and lower-middle-income country according to the OECD/DAC 2022 list (PDF, 204 KB).
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.
Number of Scholarships
Value of Scholarship
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
- Living allowance for the duration of the research stay at ETH Zurich
To apply for this mentorship programme, you must first make contact with an ETH professor who must be willing to host you in the research facility. To access this, you should scroll to the footer section (bottom) of the ETH website and you would see a list of departments on it. Select your department of choice to visit the department’s page. You should see a link to see the members of faculty. Hit the link and scroll down to view the professorship section. Click on the picture of a professor that handles your field of expertise and you would be directed to the professor’s profile where you can find his email address. At this point, you should shoot him a message indicating your interest in the doctoral mentorship and what you would love your reasearch to be based on. Try as much as possible to make the research subject a spectacular one and a ground-breaking one if necessary. After that, you can proceed with the application because the professorship information would be required while filling the application form.
- Budget Download(XLSX, 12 KB)
- Project description (see crtieria 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)
All application documents must be written in English submitted electronically in the form below.