A doctoral fellowship programme for the next generation of sustainable science leaders.

Freely inspired from Herbert Goetsch's picture.

The fellowship at a glance

EPFLglobaLeaders is a doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies. Doctoral fellows benefit from a multifaceted training programme, including a secondment in the non-academic sector.

No further calls are planned within this programme. Three calls for applications were held as follows :


EPFLglobaLeaders fellowships are available in any discipline included in the research areas of EPFL. The programme is open to applicants to any of the 22 doctoral programmes available at EPFL.


EPFLglobaLeaders involves a collaboration with the non-academic sector. The programme includes a stay of 3 to 12 months in the non-academic sector. Additionally, a (formal or informal) co-supervision of the PhD thesis by the non-academic partner is strongly encouraged.

Training programme

While gaining scientific skills throughout their doctoral studies, EPFLglobaLeaders fellows also benefit from a Leadership training program .


The duration of an EPFLglobaLeaders doctoral fellowship is 48 months (4 years).


The EPFLglobaLeaders fellowship consists of a monthly contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate of EUR 1’935 and is granted for a period of forty-eight months. The thesis director must complement the EU contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate (co-funding cannot come from other H2020 / Horizon Europe funding sources) and pay for the other associated costs (research costs, equipment, travel expenses, conferences, etc.).


Research funded by the EPFLglobaLeaders programme can only be conducted on the EPFL campuses in Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, or Fribourg.

Funded by

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 945363.


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