EDPO For applicants

The main focus for a PhD in photonics at EPFL is on research and each PhD student is hired directly by a professor (Thesis Director) associated with the doctoral program, to work on a specific research project. The PhD student receives a full salary for this research work.


At the time of registration to the doctoral program in photonics (starting date), the applicant must hold a Master degree (or exceptionally a Bachelor degree in 4 years).

It is not mandatory to provide a language diploma for the program in photonics.

Before starting your application, make sure to read the general guidelines as well as the program’s specific information:

The EPFL Doctoral School will soon launch two calls for applications for EPFLglobaLeaders, a new doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies. Forty-eight doctoral fellows will benefit from a multifaceted training programme, including a secondment in the non-academic sector. More information: https://go.epfl.ch/EPFLglobaLeaders