The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) offers its doctoral students 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
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Doctoral studies at EPFL

Doctoral studies stucture

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

PhD admission criteria & application

All the information required for an admission to a PhD program at EPFL

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.

Why choose EPFL

Meet EPFL Representatives

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


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


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

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