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.

Doctoral candidates
Academic year 2023-2024


Country of origin
Switzerland Europe World




Delivered in 2022-2023


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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 22 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 program funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies.


The EPFLinnovators program 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.




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

Already enroled? You may also contact the Doctoral Students’ Office:

[email protected]