EPFLinnovators – Soumettre une candidature – 2. Evaluation et sélection

After the deadline, the doctoral programme committees (to which the candidates applied) verify the eligibility criteria, evaluate the applicant’s level of excellence and decide, based on a scoring system, on the admissibility of the candidate to their respective doctoral programme. The 40 highest ranked applicants from all doctoral programmes are then proposed to EPFL laboratories for the candidate-project matching phase.

Thesis directors interested in supervising an EPFLinnovators fellow contact the candidate and conduct an interview with her/him, with the potential co-director from the non-academic sector.

All successful candidate-project matches are then submitted to the Intersectoral Excellence committee (IEC). The IEC makes a final ranking and, with the approval of the President of the IEC, prepares the final selection of the 23 (18 selected + 5 on waiting list) best candidates for each call.

The Office of the programme informs the candidates on the outcome of their application in May 2018 (call 1) and August 2018 (call 2).
Evaluation criteria
Applications will be assessed against criteria addressing the candidate’s ability and commitment to research, the quality of the project proposal, the quality and the degree of involvement of the non-academic partner, as well as the synergy between the research proposed and the profile of the candidate. Each candidate’s merits will be judged quantitatively as well as qualitatively. Detailed information on the evaluation criteria is also given in the document ’Rules and regulations EPFLinnovators’.
Both the doctoral programme committees and individual reviewers, members of the Intersectoral Excellence Committee (IEC) are asked to peer review the applications – within the guidelines of integrity of peer review, described in the ‘Directive pour l’intégrité dans la recherche et pour une bonne pratique scientifique à l’EPFL‘ (LEX 3.3.2 Intégrité dans la rechercher) and to score the candidates measured by the following selection criteria: