Information for applicants

Are you interested in the EPFLglobaLeaders programme? Find out here all the information you need to apply for the programme.

Eligibility requirements

EPFLglobaLeaders is open to applicants of any nationality provided they fulfill the following eligibility criteria:


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) before they sign their employment contract.

Early Stage Researchers

Applicants must be Early Stage Researchers (ESR): by the time they sign their employment contract, they must not have completed more than four years of full-time research, and they must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

MSCA transnational mobility rule

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline. Exceptions to these rules are
possible in order to ensure equal opportunities for applicants whose scientific career was interrupted. Therefore, the time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service, maternity leave, and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

EPFLglobaLeaders supports gender equality and strongly encourages female to apply.

How to apply – Guide for applicants

How do I apply for the EPFLglobaLeaders programme? Check the application guidelines.

Rules and Regulations

More information about EPFLglobaLeaders can be found in the EPFLglobaLeaders Rules and Regulations.

Selection process

The whole selection process, from the call deadline to the final selection of the EPFLglobaLeaders grantees, takes around 6 months. Applicants submit their application via a dedicated online platform.

Start and duration of the fellowship

The fellowships must start:

Call 1: at the earliest on 1 July 2021 and at the latest on 1 January 2022;

Call 2: at the earliest on 1 November 2021 and the latest on 1 March 2022;

Call 3: at the earliest on 1 December 2022 and the latest on 1 April 2023.

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

Employment conditions

EPFLglobaLeaders fellows are employed as doctoral assistants and paid according to the standard salary scale of doctoral candidates at EPFL.

See also information on the doctoral students’ salary.

Funded by

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