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

  • Phd
  • 31 March 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.


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.


Do you wish to become an international student next year?
Demonstrate your English skills with IELTS.


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).


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
Apply Now

Sign Up for Scholarship Updates

Get an email every week that 10.000's of students use to get the latest scholarships.