Low-Carbon Energy and Development Strategies

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Engineering for Development (E4D)
School on Energy
9–28 July 2017
University of Cape Town, South Africa


The correlation between the consumption of modern forms of energy and long-term economic growth is well-documented, as well as the historic correlation between growth and adverse environmental impacts such as climate change. National policymakers seeking greener growth trajectories are therefore often interested in developing low-carbon energy and development strategies (LCEDS) that decouple energy use from greenhouse gas emissions. In this E4D School on Energy, students will develop LCEDS which could support national policy decisions.

The course will cover four subthemes related to energy and development:

  1. Energy systems, low-carbon energy technologies and public policy
  2. Fossil fuel subsidies and their reform
  3. Electricity access technologies and policies
  4. Development benefits and safeguarding of LCEDS

The E4D School on Energy will take place from 9–28 July 2017 at University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. It will be composed of 25–30 graduate students coming from different countries. They will be joined by faculty members and external experts from fields of expertise related to the winter school topic. The course will integrate lectures, group work, case studies and excursions and will also include social and cultural activities.

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Assessment / credit points

During the course, students will prepare a case study of a low-carbon energy and development strategy. Students will present this case study to a panel of judges at the end of the three weeks.

ETH Zurich accredits successful completion of the course with 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points. Recognition of credit points in non-ETH study programmes is subject to the regulations of the participant‘s home institution.


Accommodation will be arranged for the duration of the course. Students will share rooms in student dorms.


There is no tuition fee but a contribution to the cost.

The contribution fee is CHF 700.- It covers accommodation from 9-29 July 2017 and programme-related local travel.

The contribution fee for students from South Africa with own accommodation is CHF 200.-

Participants are responsible for organizing and paying the following:

  • Travel expenses to and from the home country to University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Visa
  • Health/travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Extra-curricular activities on the weekends
  • Any other personal expenses


A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are granted in the form of a fee waiver and/or a contribution to the travel costs.

If you want to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this in your application and outline the reasons why a scholarship is crucial for you to be able to participate in the programme.

Eligibility / selection criteria

The E4D School on Energy is open for Master and PhD students from ETH Zurich and other academic institutions around the world, particularly from developing countries.

Applicants need to have a strong interest in the topic of the course and be committed to research for development. They are pursuing studies relevant to the Engineering for Development topic. A high level of proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Active participation throughout the programme is expected.

Applicants will be selected based on their academic record, previous work experience as well as their commitment to research for development and interest in the topic of the E4D School on Energy.

We strive for a balanced mix of participants regarding academic background, nationality and gender.


Please send a one-page letter of motivation and a CV to .

Application deadline for international students: 2 October 2016

Application deadline for local students: 26 February 2017


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