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E4D Doctoral Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries in Switzerland, 2017


Sawiris Foundation for Social Development is offering Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships for the year 2017. The scholarships are offered to students who meet the entrance requirements for doctoral studies at ETH Zurich.

The goal of the Engineering for Development (E4D) programme is to promote the development of products or methods which are directly relevant to improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries.

ETH Global is the staff unit for international relations at ETH Zurich. It fosters international partnerships in research and education and enhances the institution’s visibility abroad.

Degree Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the doctoral program.

Available Subject: The research topic is innovative and relevant for development.

Scholarship Benefits: Per proposal, a scholarship of CHF 175’000 can be granted for a period of three years (salary of doctoral student plus limited operational costs).

Eligibility: To be admitted to the selection process, the application has to fulfil the following requirements:

The candidate:

  • The entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich and at the particular department must be fulfilled.
  • Experience in the selected research area is required.
  • Preference will be given to citizens of least developed countries and other low-income countries according to the OECD classification.

Nationality: Students from Developing countries (Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea, Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,  Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Entrance Requirements: In principle, all university graduates with a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree can apply for admission to doctoral studies.

How to Apply: The application in electronic form is submitted by the professor of ETH Zurich who has accepted to supervise the candidate. The proposal of maximum 15 pages has to include the following elements:


  • Cover page including executive summary
  • Clearly defined and justified objectives
  • Problem definition, state of research (own and others) and references (to be included in appendix)
  • Project description, hypotheses, the novelty of the research, research approach and methodology (including logical framework matrix).
  • Description of the institutional framework and partnership, explaining the contribution of all involved partners
  • 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).


  • Letters of support from all involved partner institutions
  • Motivation letter with career intentions of the candidate
  • CV of the candidate with references and latest qualifying certificate
  • List of 5 independent reviewers
  • Personal references
  • Transcripts

Application Form

Deadline: Submission deadline is March 31, 2017.

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