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EPFLinnovators PhD Scholarships for International Students in Switzerland, 2018

The Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is providing the PhD funding scheme for international students. This PhD Scholarship is designed to develop the innovation potential of EPFL’s PhD students.

The EPFLinnovators programme aims to attract excellent PhD candidates with an interest in entrepreneurship to EPFL and (i) increase their awareness – from the very beginning of their PhD studies – of the possibility to initiate a start-up, (ii) increase the number of PhD candidates who create a start-up and become an entrepreneur/innovator, and (iii) to increase the success of their start-ups once these have been created.


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Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.

Scholarship Description:

Application deadline: Closed
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing a doctoral programme.
Study Subject: EPFLinnovators PhD studies may be held in any of the 20 doctoral programmes within the EPFL.
Scholarship Award: The EPFLinnovator’s remuneration follows the EPFL guidelines for Doctoral student’s salary.  The EU contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate must, therefore, be completed by the thesis director.
Number of Scholarships: There will be 2 calls, each aimed at selecting 18 excellent PhD candidates,
Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: Citizens of any nationality may apply.
Entrance Requirements: Following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Citizens of any nationality may apply with no restriction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political views, language or nationality of the candidates
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Applicants must fulfil the transnational mobility rules: must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for >12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Fill the online application form and upload the following documents:

  • Official transcripts of diplomas and grades from all academic institutions of higher education you list in your application (after and not including high-school)
  • Certified translations of diplomas and grades into English if not originally in French, German, Italian or English
  • Statement of objectives
  • A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full

Once you have uploaded all these documents and confirmed all the details you have provided, you will be asked to complete and submit your application by validating it.

Online Application

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