Customized curricula

Considering that scientific research is taking place more and more at the interfaces between disciplines, the doctoral school promotes interdisciplinarity and initiatives crossing laboratory and institutional boundaries. PhD candidates in the same doctoral program can belong to different departments and work together on an interdisciplinary research project.

Interdisciplinary initiatives

Summer schools

EPFL, in collaboration with its partners, provides opportunities to its doctoral candidates to obtain funding to create and organize common summer programs and engage in extensive scientific cooperation throughout Switzerland and abroad.


The EPFLinnovators program aims to attract to EPFL excellent PhD candidates with an interest in entrepreneurship. Straight from the start of their doctoral studies, the program emphasizes the potential to initiate a start-up.

Joint and Exchange programs

In addition to agreements on joint PhDs, there are agreements concerning different possibilities for scientific collaborations and exchanges with universities abroad.