Engineering for Development Doctoral Scholarships

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The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships promote research projects, which generate a direct impact for underprivileged people in low-income countries. Therefore, the doctoral projects have to be innovative and develop a method or product, which is directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people in lowincome countries.

Criterias

The candidate 

  • The general entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich and at the respective 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 DAC-list classification (soft factor)

The supervisor

  • The doctoral supervisor must be an ETH Professor and must have a guaranteed ETH position for the entire duration of the proposed project.
  • The supervisor confirms his/her commitment to the project by a letter of support, indicating his/her contribution to the project in cash or kind.

The research project

  • The proposal is a new doctoral project, not complementary funding to on-going research.
  • The research topic is relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people.
  • The ecological, socio-economic and cultural context is taken into account.
  • The expected impact of the research is high for the intended target group.

The partnership 

  • Projects involving research partners from a low-income country have to be based on the KFPE principles.
  • All partners are involved in project formulation and development.
  • All partners make a substantial in-kind or cash commitment.
  • The project is integrated in the general activities of the involved institutions.
  • Preference will be given to projects with partners in Least Developed Countries and other Low-Income Countries according to the OECD DAC-list classification

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