Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Switzerland
  • Scholarship Type: Low-income
  • Institutions: ETH
  • Funded by: Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and partners
  • Tuition Type: Partial tuition
  • Degree Program: PhD
  • Scholarship Amount: 200’000 CHF
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 30 April, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

The sum of the grant is 200,000 CHF ($228,283) to fund the salary expenses for doctoral students during a three-year period.

ETH professors also bear the expenses for the fourth year of the doctoral studies, as well as the costs associated with the research.


To be eligible for the Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme, you are required to complete the following steps:

  • Establish an existing connection with an ETH professor who specializes in your field of study. You can refer to the List of ETH Zurich Professors for this purpose.
  • Possess a high level of proficiency in the English language.
  • Ensure that you are within the maximum age limit of 40 years.
  • Hold an exceptional MSc or MA degree with a strong academic performance.
  • When contacting an ETH professor, make sure to have a specific and well-defined project idea in mind.
  • Prior experience in the chosen research area is required.

Individuals from low- and lower-middle-income countries will be given preference.

How to apply

To apply for the Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme, interested and qualified candidates should follow the procedure outlined below:

  • Click on the designated button provided to access the application page.
  • Establish contact with an ETH professor in your field of study from the List of ETH Zurich Professors and obtain their consent.
  • Utilize the provided hints to effectively contact the professor and receive a prompt response.
  • Prepare all the necessary documents as specified and upload them in the electronic form.
  • Send your completed application via email to the E4D programme office at [email protected]

Please note that only applications that fulfill all the stated requirements will be considered for the scholarship.

Additional Information

The objective of the Engineering for Development (E4D) Programme is to foster research and education opportunities for individuals residing in low-income countries.

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