ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants
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
More information can be found in the DownloadETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme Criteria document. (PDF, 168 KB)
There are four application deadlines per year: 31 January, 30 April, 30 June, 31 October.
Next application deadline is 31 October 2023.
You will be notified of the decision 5-6 weeks after the deadline.
Grant and application information: ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants
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
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 – 2023 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.
Application Documents: ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Grants
Project description (see criteria 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)
Please read the DownloadEligibility Criteria and Application Requirements (PDF, 168 KB)vertical_align_bottom before applying.
All application documents must be written in English submitted electronically in the form below.
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