EPFL Doctoral Fellowships awarded at the Polytechnic School of Lausanne Switzerland 2021



A new doctoral fellowship programme for the next generation of sustainable science leaders.

EPFLglobaLeaders is a new doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies. Forty-eight doctoral fellows will benefit from a multifaceted training programme, including a secondment in the non-academic sector.

Polytechnic Institute de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, specializing in the natural sciences and engineering. It is ranked 14th in the world in all fields, and ranked 19th best school in the world for Engineering and Technology in 2020.

Their primary mission is to train the next generation of engineers, scientists and architects. Our cutting-edge programs are recognized all over the world.


EPFLglobaLeaders fellowships are available in any discipline included in the research areas of EPFL. The programme is open to applicants to any of the 21 doctoral programmes available at EPFL.


EPFLglobaLeaders involves a collaboration with the non-academic sector. The programme includes a stay of 3 to 12 months in the non-academic sector. Additionally, a (formal or informal) co-supervision of the PhD thesis by the non-academic partner is strongly encouraged.

Training programme

While gaining scientific skills throughout their doctoral studies, EPFLglobaLeaders fellows also benefit from a Leadership training programme.


The duration of an EPFLglobaLeaders doctoral fellowship is 48 months (4 years).


The EPFLglobaLeaders fellowship consists of a monthly contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate of EUR 1’935 and is granted for a period of forty-eight months. The thesis director must complement the EU contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate (co-funding cannot come from other H2020 / Horizon Europe funding sources) and pay for the other associated costs (research costs, equipment, travel expenses, conferences, etc.).


Research funded by the EPFLglobaLeaders programme can only be conducted on the EPFL campuses in Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, or Fribourg.

Funded by

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 945363.


  • Application deadline: April 15, 2021
  • University: EPFL
  • Study level: PhD fellowship
  • The scholarship can be taken in Switzerland

Funding provided in the Scholarships

The École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne will provide the educational costs necessary for students admitted to complete their fellowship in Switzerland.

Conditions for submission

  1. Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship is awarded in any major offered by the university
  2. Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicant must meet all the criteria: –
  3. Applicants must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) before they can sign their employment contract.
  4. Applicants must be Early Stage Researchers (ESR): by the time they sign their work
  5. The contract, must not have completed more than four years of full-time research, and she
  6. Applicants must fulfill the MSCA transnational mobility rules and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

How to apply

  1. How to Apply: Students must be admitted to the European Union Florent Fellowship Program in Europe.
  2. Supporting documents: Attach your personal data, your academic background, the doctoral program you wish to apply for, contact details of three referees who examined your degrees and degrees from all academic institutions of higher education listed in your application, a statement of goals and a copy of your passport or official identity document
  3. Admission requirements: Aspirants must meet the university’s admission requirements.
  4. Language Requirement: Students must have sufficient knowledge of the English language.