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.