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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 to include environmental engineering and involving the use of scientific principles for the design, construction or production of physical or virtual structures or systems to implement an application*), 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.

 

* Note: For projects that are at the intersection of engineering and disciplines other than medieval disciplines, we require that challenges posed by the project be in engineering and not in the other discipline. For this reason, the host faculty and laboratory must in such cases be mainly active in engineering.

 

The grant aims to encourage research collaboration between two universities that must be located in two different countries, namely the home university of the candidate and a hosting university or research institute, with one of the two being situated and governed in Switzerland. The grant will contribute to cover local living costs of the candidate while she/he is visiting in person for the entire period the hosting university or research institute exclusively, together with travel costs corresponding to a low-fare economy-class return airfare/train ticket from the home university to the hosting university.

 

 

Please note that this grant :

 

  • cannot be used, be it directly or indirectly, to cover fees charged by the hosting university to the student (such as tuition, visiting student, hosting, administrative, processing, department bench, laboratory fees or the like). To be considered for funding, all applications must therefore include the following "verbatim" statement : “I herewith confirm that any hosting-related fee charged by my institution to visiting students will be waived or fully covered by my chair or laboratory. This however does not concern payments made via my institution for third-party services such as health insurance or visa processing fees” approved by signature by the director of the hosting chair or laboratory.
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  • will not be awarded to students enrolled in inter-university degree or exchange programs for exchanges between universities of the program(s) in question.

 

The Foundation will give no information, justification or reason for its decisions concerning acceptance or rejection of applications. By submitting an application, the applicant implicitly accepts that no reply will be given to such requests.

 

We wish to inform applicants that, due to a significant number of applications to our fellowship programs, there is a high probability that students whose grade point average is not in the top tier (roughly top 10-15 %) for their institution(s) of study will not be selected.

 

Stipend duration

Three to six months.

 

 

Grant

A stipend of 2’000, -- 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.

 

If the applicant has other sources of funding:

 

  • for an amount of up to 20% of our grant there will not be any deduction
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  • for an amount above of 20 % of the grant, the deduction will be that amount from the other source of funding that exceeds 20% of our grant
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  • nevertheless at least 10% of our original grant will be maintained.

 

 

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

 

The last installment of the grant (CHF 2’000.-) 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 and of the electronic copy of the thesis.

 

Questions that are clearly answered by grant rules above will receive no answer; also, requests for exceptions to grant rules above will not be taken into consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application procedure

Applicants should send before the relevant application deadline for an intended Master’s thesis stay abroad that begins at the earliest five (5) months after that application deadline an email to the ZKS Foundation’s email address (info@zenokarlschindler-foundation.ch) with attached the following three files:

 

  1. the “Application form” completely filled in
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  3. the "Affidavit" duly completed, dated and signed
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  5. a single PDF document containing the following documents in that order:

 

 

  • 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)
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  • two-page description of the candidate’s proposed research project including its goals and methodology, relevant references, and ending with the name, and signature of the thesis advisor at the candidate’s home university. Note that if this research project does not fall within disciplines sponsored by the Foundation (see first paragraph above) a grant will not be awarded
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  • a short (maximum half a page) statement penned by the candidate indicating her/his grade point average in the units used by her/his institution, over all courses excluding the thesis grade for each diploma that she/he has earned or is currently studying towards. On this page the candidate may also give any factual information that she/he deems worthy of consideration by the Foundation
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  • the candidate’s complete grade transcripts otherwise known as Transcripts of Records or Mark-sheets for all years of higher education with their translation into English if not originally written in English, French, German or Italian
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  • a scanned email or letter from the hosting professor on letterhead from the hosting institution with her/his address and phone number, confirming that (i) she/he will host, provide guidance to the candidate for the entire duration of her/his stay, (ii) providing any relevant information she/he may wish to contribute concerning funding for your work during your Master’s thesis, and (iii) certifying by means of the statement given above that any fee charged by his/her institution to visiting students will be waived or fully covered by her/his chair or laboratory (without this the application will not be considered)scanned email or letter from the hosting professor on letterhead from the hosting institution with her/his address and phone number, confirming that (i) she/he will host, provide guidance to the candidate for the entire duration of her/his stay, (ii) providing any relevant information she/he may wish to contribute concerning funding for your work during your Master’s thesis, and (iii) certifying by means of the statement given above that any fee charged by his/her institution to visiting students will be waived or fully covered by her/his chair or laboratory (without this the application will not be considered).

 

Recommendation letters are not considered, hence please abstain from sending them to us.

 

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.

 

Deadlines

Twice a year : May 1st and November 1st of each year, at 23:59 (Swiss time).

 

 

MASTER THESIS GRANT

NOTE: PLEASE FOLLOW ACCURATELY THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE BELOW.

FALSE OR INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AND WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY ANSWER.

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