EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, offers its doctoral candidates an extraordinary setting: customized PhD programs; cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors; a modern, fast-developing campus; satellite sites in French-speaking cantons; and close ties to industry.

Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst

EPFL is one of the world’s most dynamic and reputed institutes of science and technology. In the heart of Europe, it offers a combination of excitement, excellence, inspiring education, and outstanding facilities for research. Its Doctoral School is organized into 21 doctoral programs, each covering a well-established discipline or one of today’s interdisciplinary research areas. They form vibrant scientific communities that energize the exchange of scientific ideas and progress.

Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst, Vice President for Education
Doctoral candidates
Academic year 2019-2020


Country of origin
Switzerland Europe World




Delivered in 2019


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Doctoral studies at EPFL

Doctoral studies structure

An EPFL PhD is typically obtained after four years of study devoted to an original and independent scientific research project.

Doctoral programs

EPFL’s Doctoral School is organized into 21 doctoral programs.

Admission criteria and application

Information about an admission to a PhD program at EPFL.

Why choose EPFL?

Thesis distinction

Each year, a distinction is granted to a selection of very high quality theses, in order to highlight the doctoral candidates’ research work and their scientific merit.


EPFLglobaLeaders is a new doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies.


The EPFLinnovators programme aims to attract excellent PhD candidates with an interest in entrepreneurship to EPFL.

Meet EPFL representatives

EPFL regularly takes part in educational fairs and information sessions throughout the world.

15th anniversary of the Doctoral School, 4 July 2019

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The EPFL President, the Vice-Presidents for Research and Education, as well as the representatives of the Doctoral School warmly thank you for your participation in this 15th anniversary. We were happy to be able to meet you during this day of exchanges and sharing, and hope that the event lived up to your expectations. The speakers’ presentations are available on the event’s web page.


In case of questions, please contact your doctoral program of interest.

You may also contact the Doctoral Students’ Office.