EDBB How to apply

These are the EDBB Program specific application guidelines

Eligible candidates must have a Masters Degree or equivalent. Candidates with a four-year Bachelors Degree may be considered as well (depending on the undergraduate institution and performance there); these students may be admitted with special requirements, depending on their background.

You can indicate on your application form which labs and/or Professors you are interested in. Furthermore, please feel free to contact the Professor(s) of interest as well to see directly with them if they have any open positions, as it’s always good to have a personal contact and as new PhD opportunities become available throughout the year.

We recommend that EDBB candidates provide us with the results of their GRE test.

Much more than an English test, the general GRE test evaluates your general skills. This is helpful to the evaluators as without it, it is difficult to have a proper basis for comparison in the selection process. If you are NOT planning on taking the GRE, please mention this in your application, as well as the reason for this.

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For details on the GRE as well as the TOEFL tests, please check their websites directly.

Next deadline: April 15th

The application process includes an online candidature completed with 3 reference letters

and academic records.

You can also view the Frequently Asked Questions

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Interviews and lab visits held in January and June.

There are 2 rounds of evaluations – application evaluations and interviews at the Hiring Days. If your application is positively reviewed by the commission, you will be invited to the Hiring Days which take place approximately 2.5 months after the deadline.

The Hiring Days last 2.5 days.

Day 1 – half day of general information about EPFL, the School of Life Sciences and EDBB, as well as the presentations of the PhD positions offered.

Day 2 – Student presentations of their Master’s work for the EDBB review panel, Lausanne city tour, first round of individual interviews with Professors hiring & Lab visits.

Day 3 – Individual interviews with Professors hiring & Lab visits – students usually visit several labs, based on their interests and on the availability of the Professors

The majority of housing, food and travel costs are covered by the program.