ETH Zurich: Inviting applications for ‘the Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships’ to promote doctoral research for the benefit of underprivileged people in low-income countries.

Funding brief: The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships promote doctoral research for the benefit of underprivileged people in low-income countries. It awards two doctoral scholarships per year and promotes innovative projects that are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people in low-income countries.

The E4D Programme is generously funded through the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.

Eligible are candidates with the support of an ETH professor. Please find the application criteria and procedure below.

The research project
– The proposal is a new doctoral project. Complementary funding to an on-going research project is not granted.
– The proposal is of high scientific quality.
– The research topic is innovative and relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people in low-income countries.
– The ecological, socio-economic and cultural context is taken into account.
– The research project is realistic and reasonable results can be expected.
– 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 build their partnership 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 Lower Middle Income Countries according to the OECD DAC-list classification.

Concept note
– Subject of the proposed research is the development of methods, technologies, tools or products, which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of underprivileged people in low-income countries.
– The research topic is within the thematic scope of ETHZurich.
– The outline of the research project must not exceed 3000 characters (including spaces).
– The candidate identifies a professor at ETH Zurich who agrees to supervise the project, if selected. The professor confirms his or her commitment to the project by a letter of support.
– CV of the candidate, including two references.
– Graduation certificate and transcripts with grades.
– Relevant own publications or documentation of relevant activities relating to the project.

Full Proposal
– Cover page including executive summary.
– Clearly defined and justified objectives.
– Problem definition, state of research (own and others) and references (to be included into appendix).
– Project description, hypotheses, 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 guidance.
– 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 orin-kind).

Donor Name: ETH Zurich
Funding name: The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarships

Deadline:
● Concept note: Deadline for Concept Note Submission is 15th, October, 2018
● Full proposal: 15th, January, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The grant sum is 175’000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral students for three years.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: The eligibility requirements are as follows:
The candidate
– The general 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.
– Maximum age: 40 years.

.The supervisor
– The supervisor confirms his/her commitment to the project by a letter of support, indicating his/her contribution to the project in cash and/or kind.
– If the concept note is selected for the elaboration into a full proposal, the supervisor invites the candidate for a lab visit and an interview at the expense of his/her chair. This does not apply to candidates who know the supervisor already.

Eligible Country: Preference will be given to citizens of Least Developed Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries according to the OECD DAC-list classification.

Submission mail: patricia.heuberger@sl.ethz.ch

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: The application procedure consists of two steps.
● First step: The applicant submits a concept note to ETH Global (Patricia Heuberger, patricia.heuberger@sl.ethz.ch). The deadline for submitting concept notes is 15th, October, Only concept notes fulfilling the indicated requirements will be considered. The E4D committee selects promising concept notes and invites the applicant to develop a full proposal.
● Second step: Applicants whose concept note is selected are invited to develop a full proposal together with the professor who agreed to supervise the project. If the candidate and the professor do not know each other, they must set up a meeting to discuss the full proposal development. This meeting is either a face-to-face meeting or a skype meeting.
The full proposal has to be submitted to ETH Global by the supervising ETH professor. Deadline is 15th, January, 2019.

● Appendix
– Scientific references.
– Letters of support from all involved partner institutions.
– Motivation letter with career intentions of the candidate.
– CV of the candidate with three personal references.
– List of 5 independent reviewers.
– Graduation certificates and transcripts.

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