EPFLglobaLeaders Fellowship Programme

PhD Degree/Fellowships

Deadline: 15 April 2021
Study in:  Switzerland
Fellowship starts 1 Nov 2021-1 March 2022.

Brief description:

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.

Host Institution(s):

EPFL campuses in Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, or Fribourg

Field of study:

Any of the 21 doctoral programmes available at EPFL

Number of Awards:


Target group:

Students from any country

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

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.).

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


The following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled:

1. Citizens of any nationality may apply.

2. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) before they sign their employment contract.

3. Applicants must be Early Stage Researchers (ESR); by the time they sign their employment contract, they must not have completed more than four years of full-time research, and they must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

4. Applicants must fulfil 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’s deadline. Exceptions to these rules are possible in order to ensure equal opportunities for applicants whose scientific career was interrupted. Therefore, the time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service, maternity leave, and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

The application procedure for EPFLglobaLeaders is integrated into the EPFL Doctoral School selection process. Therefore, applicants to the EPFLglobaLeaders programme must initially follow the same process as all applicants for a PhD at EPFL and refer to the application guidelines provided by the doctoral programme that they have selected.

Each doctoral programme has its own application deadline; therefore applicants must check the webpage of the relevant programme for detailed information as well as the deadline overview. To be considered for the EPFLglobaLeaders programme, applicants must submit their application before the application deadline of 15 April 2021, 17:00 CET.

It is important to read the EPFLglobalLeaders Guidelines and visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website: https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/doctoral-studies-structure/customized-curricula/epflglobaleaders/

Related Scholarships:  List of  Swiss Scholarships

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