If a thesis director is interested in supervising an EPFLinnovators fellow, s/he must conduct an interview with her/him and the potential co-director for the candidate-project matching phase. If an agreement has been found, s/he must submit the following documents to phase II of the evaluation:
- Two-page project proposal including a secondment phase in a non-academic sector
- Interview report which summarizes the interview conducted with the EPFLinnovators’ candidate
The thesis director and potential co-director from the non-academic sector conduct an interview with an EPFLinnovators’ candidate. Interviews last around 30 minutes and should be carried out in person at the EPFL or via teleconferencing.
The thesis director must write a report after the interview, whether it was successful or not. If the interviewers and candidate agree that they would like to work together on the proposed project, the report should explain why the candidate is the right one for this specific project. When an interview is not successful, the report should explain the mismatch.
The project proposal and the interview report are then sent to the Office of the Programme. The files of the successful matches are then transferred to the Intersectoral Excellence Committee (IEC) for the final selection. Candidates who did not find a matching project are informed; but are still eligible for the regular EPFL PhD programme.
If granted, the EPFLinnovators fellowship consists of a monthly contribution of EUR 1’855 to the salary of the doctoral candidate at EPFL. The thesis director is responsible for the remaining part of the salary.
These responsibilities are mentioned in addition of those described in the doctoral regulations, which apply to all PhD candidates at EPFL, that is – in order of legal importance – the Federal Ordinance, the Directive concerning doctoral studies, the doctoral program regulations, and finally the decisions taken during the doctoral commission meetings.
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.