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ETH Zurich 2022 ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme for Developing countries

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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About ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich( Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) is a public research university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, the school focuses primarily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.Like its sister institution EPFL, it is part of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain, part of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. In the 2021 edition ... read more


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ETH Zurich ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme


Aim and Benefits of ETH Zurich ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme

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
  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance for the duration of the research stay at ETH Zurich  

Requirements for ETH Zurich ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme Qualification

  • 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 DownloadOECD/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.

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Documents Required for Application

  • Budget (Downloadtemplate (XLSX, 12 KB)vertical_align_bottom)
  • 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)


Application Deadline

October 31, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to ETH Zurich on eth4d.ethz.ch to apply

All application documents must be written in English submitted electronically in the form below.

For more details,visit ETH Zurich website


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