EDAR Admission

The EDAR doctoral programme is aimed at doctoral students who have been selected for the quality of their profiles, irrespective of whether they have completed their previous studies at the EPFL or elsewhere. It offers them an optimal working environment that takes into account the importance of individual autonomy in the introduction to research, the close relationship that evolves between supervisors and doctoral students, but also the need for a substantial educational groundwork.

After the first year, which is made up notably of compulsory courses focusing on an introduction to research in the fields of the programme, teaching is organised around weekly blocks with many visiting professors and around annual seminars. Two majors, namely Architecture and Social Sciences, are then pursued individually, while interdisciplinary enounters are provided along the way.

Admission criteria and application

There are 3 deadlines to apply to the EDAR doctoral program:

  • January 15
  • April 30
  • September 15

FAQ about candidacy

Doctoral Students’ salary

Please note that a good knowledge of the French language is requested.

Some recommendations before submitting your application

– Submit a truly completed application. Only complete applications are analysed.
– Learn about the requirements and conditions of the doctoral program by visiting the EDAR PhD guide as well as and Internal Regulations of the Doctoral School. Please also refer to EDAR program regulations.
– Once the applicant is admitted, her contact person for all administrative matters is the EDAR program administrator.

The EPFL Doctoral School launched a call for “EPFLinnovators”, a new programme supported by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, which is part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme. This programme is designed to develop the innovation potential of EPFL’s PhD students, and is geared towards the non-academic sector. For more information, please read the description of the programme.