ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme 2023

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Deadline: 30 April 2023 | ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme 2023

Apply now for the ETH4D Doctoral Mentorship Programme 2023. For the purpose of guiding PhD candidates from low- and lower-middle-income nations, ETH4D offers funding. The mentorship consists of the following elements and is a one-year appointment:

  • one year of doctoral studies under the guidance of one ETH professor, senior scientist, or postdoc. We recommend regular meetings every month and clearly stated project objectives, such as a presentation at a conference or a joint publication. Although it is not necessary, ETH mentors are free to participate in the mentee’s doctorate committee.
  • For 1-3 months throughout the mentoring period, do research at the mentor’s lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
  • funding for conference attendance and/or supplies for research


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
  • Accommodation
  • 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 list.
  • 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 for an ETH4D Mentorship entail:
  • Completed electronic application form
  • Project description
  • Budget (using template)
  • 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

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