Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities has become a vibrant, rapidly growing field in recent years. It witnessed major innovations, new technologies and methods, bringing together research initiatives in the arts and humanities with cutting edge empirical methods from data science, machine learning, visualization and other fields.

The EPFL PhD program in Digital Humanities (EDDH) educates a new generation of scientists, who will bring together domain knowledge with current quantitative methods and are able to analyze, model and critically reflect on problems and challenges from real world contexts. The PhD program is directed to computer and data scientists, engineers, mathematicians, life scientists as well as to broadly skilled students from Humanities and Social Sciences interested in the range of interdisciplinary research questions covered by the overarching Digital Humanities framework. The program stimulates close collaboration between students, researchers and professors in Digital Humanities. Our doctoral students are trained to provide intellectual contributions and leadership in Digital Humanities as well as social and cultural issues at large.

Admission is on a competitive basis. All admissible students will have to be accepted by a host lab within the EDDH to be admitted to EPFL. At their host labs, PhD students will receive a salary. At the time of enrollment future students are required to have a Master’s degree in a related field.

Prospective students are strongly advised to contact potential host lab directors in advance of their application.

Research opportunities

Research opportunities in the program include:

– Empirical research in the areas of art, music, history and literature

– Data sculpting and experimental museology

– Social computing

– Social, political, cultural and ethical dimensions of digital technology

– Data science, machine learning, distributed information systems

PhD Student testimonies

“Understanding the structure of music requires knowledge about music, cognition, and the computational tools that allow to sort, describe, and utilize this knowledge. The EDDH program is located at this point where expertise in the complex domains of the humanities meets formal-mathematical, computational and technical competence. Digital Humanities at EPFL is not just humanities aided by computers, it is about modeling the world.”



“As our world is getting more and more digitalized, algorithms are used to determine our personality characteristics, our tastes and suggest personalized content such as music, TV shows or prospective partners. For my research, I use mixed methods taken from my social and human sciences’ background combined with those applied in computer sciences in order to determine how algorithms quantify subjective components such as feelings, desires, and emotions on dating websites and applications. At EPFL, I get to interact with top scholars working in a wide range of scientific fields related to my research and I learn as much theory as programming. I like the idea of being part of a relatively new area of research mingling theoretical, empirical and quantitative aspects. My goal for the future is to be able to bring my own contribution to this interdisciplinary domain and to pursue an academic career.”



The EPFL Campus

EPFL is one of the two Ecoles Polytechniques fédérales in Switzerland. It has three missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. The EPFL Campus is located at the breathtaking shores of Lake Geneva and provides a rich intellectual environment, a stimulating working culture and a multitude of resources.




Application deadlines:

15th January
30th April
15th September

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Prof Martin Alois Rohrmeier


EPFL EDDH program
SV 2515
CH-1015 Lausanne

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