Bachelor excellence fellowships

In order to encourage holders of a Swiss high-school maturity diploma and holders of a Swiss vocational maturity diploma undertaking the CMS in their scientific ambitions, EPFL offers excellence fellowships to talented students starting their Bachelor’s degree, regardless of the field of studies they choose.

Kathryn Hess Bellwald

We are delighted to offer these fellowships to outstanding students so that they can focus on their studies and continue to be involved in their extracurricular activities.

Kathryn Hess Bellwald, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Outreach

Rewarding all forms of excellence

These fellowships, worth CHF 10,000 spread over three years, along with guaranteed housing (request to be filled in the registration form), are intended for students whose results and engagement stood out throughout their pre-university curriculum, in both school and extracurricular activities.

EPFL wishes to reward candidates who are motivated to further pursue their scientific interests and undertake demanding studies, while also taking into account their involvement in the life of their school or in extracurricular activities, whether artistic, sporting, civic, or entrepreneurial.

Get to know several Bachelor Excellence Fellowship students in short video portraits (in French and Swiss German).

Application and presentation

In order to be eligible for this fellowship, students in their final year of high school must check the corresponding box on their Bachelor’s application form before April 30th and provide the requested application file.

Following the study of all applications, selected candidates will be invited to present their maturity project or a subject of their choice before a jury of EPFL professors. Their eloquence, their capacity for synthesis and their ability to put their thoughts into perspective will be evaluated during short five-minute presentations followed by question and answer sessions.


The Bachelor Excellence Fellowships are part of the “Attract Talent” pillar of the Student Support Program, a philanthropic program that supports the educational journey of students. We would like to warmly thank the Fondation pour les étudiantes et étudiants de l’EPFL, the Fondation du Domaine de Villette, the Fondation Léonard Gianadda Mécénat, the Luc & Irène Bauer Foundation, Ms Anne-Sylvie Visseur Vauclair, Mr. George Popescu, Incyte and the FAMSA Foundation, as well as all donors who wish to remain anonymous, for their support to our students.

Choosing a Bachelor’s study program

Orientation tools

Several orientation tools are available to help you choose a study program that best suits your aspirations.

EPFL Information days

EPFL welcomes you on its campus for this key annual event that allows you to prepare your future.

Information sessions

Get answers to your questions and advice at various orientation events and information sessions.