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APPLY: 2024 ETH Pioneer Fellowship Program For International Students

The ETH Pioneer Fellowship enables entrepreneurial ETH students and researchers in developing their research-​based technologies into marketable products and services to launch a successful ETH Spin-​off company.

Pioneer Fellows receive up to CHF 150’000 for 18 months (12 months for a team of 2 Fellows). In addition, they get coaching, entrepreneurial training, support by your host Professor, access to ETH infrastructure and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

More scholarship opportunities are ongoing in countries across Europe, the United States and Canada. Check out some selected opportunities below:


  • Host Country: Switzerland
  • Study Abroad: Study in Europe
  • Category: Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: Full Scholarship | 150,000 CHF grant
  • Deadline: September 1, 2023
  • Scholarship Alerts: To receive Scholarship Alerts on WhatsApp, Click HERE


Fellowships are granted through a competitive selection, prioritizing the most promising and entrepreneurial candidates. If rejected, re-application is not permitted.

Pioneer Fellows are granted up to CHF 150,000 over 18 months (12 months for a duo). Moreover, they benefit from coaching, entrepreneurial education, assistance from their host Professor, and access to ETH’s resources and entrepreneurial network.

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To be considered for the Fellowship, you must:

  • Candidates must have a master’s or doctoral degree from ETH Zurich.
  • A team of 1-2 entrepreneurs who want to commercialize the results of their research (master’s or doctoral thesis or postdoctoral research) at ETH.
  • A promising business case
  • A project where the company is not yet involved.
  • The project and the team are fully supported by the host professor at ETH.


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Duration and Reward

  • Fellows receive up to CHF 150’000 for 18 months
  • Beyond stipends, the fellowship should cover the majority of your project’s expenses
  • They receive coaching, training in entrepreneurship, assistance from their host Professor, and entry to ETH’s infrastructure and the entrepreneurial environment.

Required Documents

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents

  • A concise project overview outlining planned activities, market context, and potential for innovation.
  • A comprehensive account of the concept built upon the research outcomes of an ETH Zurich Master’s or Doctoral thesis.
  • Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest (if any) to both candidates and the host professor.
  • A signed letter of support from the host professor, explaining why and how s/he wishes to support the candidate and how s/he evaluates the proposed project idea. Describing infrastructure made accessible.
  • 2 minute long presentation video of project and motivation. 

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Method of Application

The Pioneer Fellowship Application must be submitted through the web-based submission system. The platform can be accessed with your nethz username and password.

Each Pioneer Fellowship application comprises a cover sheet and several attachments to be supplied as separate electronic documents. The cover sheet contains basic information that is entered via a web-based interface, within which the cover sheet can also be generated.

Deadline: September 1, 2023

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