IDEA League Student Grant

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The IDEA League student grant is designed to enhance the research collaboration between students and PhD students of the participating universities.

Application deadlines

  • at least 2 months before the planned start
  • Students who require a visa (Visa check) should submit their application earlier, because the visa application process may take up to 3 months and cannot be started without the official confirmation of the Student Exchange Office.

Nomination by home university

Contact the responsible office at your home university in order to find out about the requirements for participation, the application deadlines at your home university, the required documents, etc.

Important: Nomination for an exchange is subject to the approval of your home university.

Application process

Information about the application (PDF, 334 KB)
The link to the online application is contained in the document.

Further information

IDEA League student grant

Contact person at ETH Zurich

Andrea Rothenbühler, Tel +41 44 632 92 97



Open research projects at ETH

The following projects published at ETH are open for students from the IDEA League partner universities. More projects can be found on

Jun 25, 2017

The role of early trauma on bone structure

In this project, the effects of early trauma on bone structure will be analyzed by microCT.

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Jun 22, 2017

Development of smart, antimicrobial implant coatings for open fracture stabilization

This project will combine literature review with experimental work, with the overall goal to develop smart, antimicrobial implant coatings.

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Jun 20, 2017

Surfaced Enhanced Raman Scattering in Network Metamaterials

The exploitation of metamaterials caused a leap in controlling light at the nanoscale. Here, we will focus on a different class of optical materials, dubbed network metamaterials.The key design principle is a sub-wavelength network with functional connectivity in analogy to other robust networks.

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Jun 20, 2017

Development of a reflection-type near-field optical microscope

In this project a reflection-type near-field optical microscope will be designed, developed and characterized.

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Jun 14, 2017

Vorticity Measurements with Steady State Luminescence Anisotropy

While the measurement of velocity is well established in experimental fluid dynamics with various methods, a suitable one for vorticity is an ongoing challenge. The thesis aims to test a new concept for a vorticity measurement.

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Jun 5, 2017

Analysis of leg muscle activity during undisturbed and disturbed walking

A device called the ETH Knee Perturbator has been developed at the RELab. It can induce knee joint perturbations during walking. Measurements of muscle activity while wearing the device and during perturbations offers useful insight in muscle recruitment when gait is disturbed.

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Jun 5, 2017

Maintaining balance after trips: role of movement patterns

Humans use stereotypical movement patterns to recover from trips during walking, but how we choose which pattern to use is poorly understood. The goal of this project is to determine whether single or multiple responses are necessary to ensure balance recovery after trips in a model of human gait.

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Jun 2, 2017

Liquid armor? A study of projectile resistance in shear thickening materials

Body armor is used by police and military personnel for protection against gunshots and projectiles. This body armor needs to be both flexible, so that they can move easily and hard, in order to stop on impact and protect the wearer. A shear thickening material allows for both us these traits

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May 16, 2017

How can propionibacterium acnes cause back pain?

The aim of this project is to identify molecular mechanisms that may be explain pain development upon bacterial infection of the intervertebral disc, specifically by propionibacterium acnes.

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May 14, 2017

Engineering the Diabetic Tendon Microenvironment

This project aims to engineer a synthetic hydrogel-based cell niche that mimics key aspects of the diabetic tendon extracellular matrix. Patient-derived tendon fibroblasts will be used to construct a more physiologically relevant three-dimensional (3D) model.

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May 14, 2017

The role of tendon matrix composition in regulating tenocytes fate: A tissue engineering approach.

The goal of this project is to create a 3D in vitro model to study tendon cell-ECM interaction using collagen gels and primary rat tenocytes.

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May 14, 2017

Tendon-on-a-Chip: Developing and characterizing a multi-channels microfluidic device for studying tendon biology

This goal of this project is to refine and characterize a novel approach in designing microfluidic networks that allow to host tendon-like micro-tissue structures for long-term culturing experiments under mechanical stimulation.

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May 12, 2017

Master's project and thesis work opportunity on electrochemical energy storgae (battery) research

Area: Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of chemistry, materials science and electrochemistry with focus on materials development and their electrochemical evaluation for the advancement of safe, inexpensive, and high energy density aqueous and nonaqueous rechargeable batteries.

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May 11, 2017

Flowability improvement of fine powder using atmospheric pressure plasma

Low temperature plasmas are a versatile tool for non-equilibrium chemistry. In this work, we try to generate nanoparticles using atmospheric pressure plasma to enhance powder flowability. The goal is to find a way to change the industrial batch process to a continuous process.

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Mar 25, 2017

Changes in the expression of mechanosensors with age and degeneration

This project will investigate whether and how the expression of a specific group of mechanosensors – the TRP Channels – changes with age and degeneration in the human intervertebral disc. Methods used in this project will include qPCR, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting to investigate expressio

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Feb 13, 2017

Automated identification of two-dimensional crystals based on optical contrast difference

The goal of this project is to develop an automated setup that is able to identify flakes of different thicknesses on Si/SiO2 substrates by analyzing the difference in optical contrast between the crystals and the substrate.

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