The EPFLinnovators programme aims to attract excellent PhD candidates with an interest in entrepreneurship to EPFL and (i) increase their awareness – from the very beginning of their PhD studies – of the possibility to initiate a start-up, (ii) increase the number of PhD candidates who create a start-up and become an entrepreneur/innovator, and (iii) to increase the success of their start-ups once these have been created. To this end the EPFLinnovators programme will bring to excellent PhD candidates the appropriate training, experience, and guidance, to successfully start and develop their own company. A rich and comprehensive training programme is offered in combination with a long stay, of at least 6 months and up to 24 months, in the non-academic sector. The programme will result in a new type of “Industry-oriented PhD” at EPFL.
The young researchers – to be trained in an academic as well as non-academic setting – will become true innovators, enforced with a broad set of scientific, transferable, and business skills.
There will be 3 calls, each aimed at selecting 36 excellent PhD candidates, scheduled as follows:
Call 1: Opening on 1 November 2017 and the deadline for the submission of applications is Monday 15 January 2018 (17:00 hr CET).
Call 2: Opening on 1 February 2018 and the deadline for the submission of applications is Monday 16 April 2018 (17:00 hr CET).
Call 3: Opening on 15 October 2018 and the deadline for the submission of applications is Tuesday 15 January 2019 (17:00 hr CET).
Applications must be submitted via the online application platform (The online application form will be available upon opening of the call on November 1st 2017). Selected candidates must start their PhD at the latest on 1 November 2019.
EPFLinnovators PhD studies may be held in any of the 21 doctoral programmes within the EPFL.
The EPFLinnovator’s remuneration follows the EPFL guidelines for Doctoral student’s salary. The EU contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate must therefore be completed by the thesis director.
The duration of an EPFLinnovators scholarships is 48 months (4 years) and cannot be prolonged. Employment after the initially granted time must be financed from other sources.
EPFLinnovators supports gender equality. The Programme strongly encourages females to apply.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754354.
- EPFLinnovators – Critères d’éligibilité
- EPFLinnovators – Echéancier
- EPFLinnovators – Rôle du directeur de thèse