MASTER THESIS GRANT

These grants are to support collaborative inter-university cutting-edge research for students with top academic credentials studying towards an engineering degree (with engineering understood as the use of scientific principles for the design, construction or production of physical or virtual structures or systems)*, or towards a degree in all medieval disciplines, as well as towards a degree in digital humanities at the intersection of medieval disciplines and computer or data science.

* This definition excludes biology, chemistry, physics and all life science.

 

The grant aims to encourage research collaboration between two universities, namely the home university of the candidate and a hosting university or research institute, one of the two being preferably situated in Switzerland. The grant will contribute to cover local living costs of the candidate while visiting the hosting university or research institute exclusively and travel costs with a flat rate economy-class return airfare/train ticket from the home university to the hosting university.

Please note that this grant will not cover tuition, visiting student, hosting or laboratory nor any other fees.

 

THE FOUNDATION WILL NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION, JUSTIFICATION NOR REASON FOR THE DECISIONS CONCERNING THE ACCEPTANCE OR NOT OF AN APPLICATION.

Please consider that no reply will be given to such requests.

 

We wish to inform applicants that, due to a significant increase in the number of applications to our fellowship programs, there is a high probability that students whose grade point average is not in the upper tier for their institution(s) of study will not be selected.

 

Stipend duration

Three to six months.

 

Grant

A stipend of 1'900, -- Swiss francs per month to defray local living expenses at the hosting university or research institute, plus flat rate economy-class return airfare/train ticket from the home university to the hosting university.

 

No other fees and/or university overhead (tuition fees or visiting fees) will be covered.

 

The last installment of the grant (CHF 1'900.-) will be paid only upon receipt of a statement sent directly from the thesis advisor at the home university (the same who signed the project), confirming that the attendance was successfully completed.

 

 

NOTE: PLEASE FOLLOW ACCURATELY THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE BELOW. FALSE OR INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AND WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY ANSWER.

 

 

Application procedure

Applicants should send an email to the ZKS Foundation’s email address (info@zenokarlschindler-foundation.ch) with attached the following three files:

 

The first, the “Application form” completely filled in.

The second, the "Affidavit" duly completed, dated and signed.

The third in single PDF format containing the following documents in that order:

  • A one page motivation letter with the full address of the candidate
  • A one-page resume, including descriptions of the candidate’s education and work experience, plus elementary personal data (date and place of birth, citizenship, marital status, language proficiency)
  • A three- to four-page description of the proposed research project or of the desired research project including its goals and methodology, together with the name, address and signature of the thesis advisor at the candidate’s home university
  • A one-page indicating your grade point average, in the units used by your institution, over all courses excluding the thesis grade for each diploma that you have earned or are currently studying towards
  • Grade transcripts otherwise known as Transcripts of Records or Mark-sheets of the applicant for all years of higher education.
  • A scanned email or letter from the hosting professor with her/his address and phone number, confirming that she/he will host and provide guidance to the student for the entire duration of the project, and providing any relevant information she/he may wish to contribute concerning funding for the project.
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IF YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT ACCEPTED, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO APPLY A SECOND TIME FOR THE SAME GRANT.

 

Note: in considering the application, the ZKS Foundation may contact the hosting professor.

 

When

Twice a year : March 15 and September 15 of each year, midnight (Swiss time).

Retroactive candidacies are only accepted if the stay abroad isn’t finished at the time of the deadline for which the candidacy is presented.

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