Engineering for Development (E4D) Continuing Education Scholarship Programme Awards 2020

About E4D

The Engineering for Development (E4D) Continuing Education Scholarship Programme awards scholarships for travel and living expenses to candidates from low-​income countries to attend continuing education programmes at ETH Zurich.

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The goal of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and skills of future leaders with the perspective of contributing to capacity development and poverty reduction in their home countries.

Why ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in ZurichGermanEidgenössische Technische Hochschule ZürichFrenchÉcole polytechnique fédérale de ZurichItalianPolitecnico federale di Zurigo) is a science, technology, engineering and mathematicsuniversity in the city of ZürichSwitzerland, and one of the most prestigious universities in the world.


All Applicant must hold a completed and recognised Master’s degree from a university and proof professional working experience of at least 2 years.
All Applicant must have a minimal English language standard of TOEFL level C1. If the continuing education programme requires a minimal level in another language, proof of this level should also be submitted.
These scholarship is open to candidates from countries classified in the DAC-​list of the OECD.
Candidates need to be accepted by the School for Continuing Education, ETH Zurich as well as the MAS, DAS or CAS programme office

Deadline: April 30th 2020


The following expenses will be covered by the scholarship (for the successful candidate): 1: Economy roundtrip ticket (max. 2’000 CHF)

2: Visa fees

3: Living allowance for the duration of the programme

4: ETH general tuition fee waiver (660 CHF per semester)

The following expenses will NOT be covered by the scholarship:

1 : The programme fees of the MAS/CAS/DAS are not covered by the E4D Continuing Education Scholarship.

2: The general application fee of the School for Continuing Education of 150 CHF will not be covered.

However, in case an application to the E4D continuing education scholarship is valid but not selected, the fee can be paid back to candidates from low income countries.

Application Requirements

Only candidates who are admitted to an ETH MAS, DAS or CAS programme based on his/her academic and professional qualifications are considered for a scholarship. Candidates must apply to both (I) a continuing education programme and (II) to the E4D scholarship.

The application documents to be submitted include:

  • Completed application form
  • CV of the candidate
  • MSc or Masters Diploma and academic transcript(s)
  • 1-2 page application letter, stating the motivation to attend the programme and the impact for the candidate’s career development and beyond
  • Two professional references Formal admission letter by the School for Continuing Education confirming that the candidate is admitted to the MAS, DAS or CAS programme for the respective semester
  • Certificate of employment. The certificate of employment letter must be sent to the E4D programme office directly through the employer (and not the candidate)
  • Certificate of English level (minimum TOEFL level C1). If the programme requires a minimal level in another requires, proof of this acquired level must also be submitted.

Application must be submitted in one single pdf file to the E4D Programme office: [email protected]

Please send all documents in one single pdf file. 

Click here to download details of Application requirements

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