The eligible applicants must possess a Master degree or a title judged equivalent. You must speak English fluently as all the courses and the reports during your PhD studies will be in that language. The TOEFL exam is highly recommended for the applicants who have not studies at least 3 years in English.
The candidate to the doctoral program in energy must have obtained a Master diploma or a title judged equivalent in a technological discipline such as mechanics, electricity, civil engineering, envrionmental science, physics, architecture or chemistry.
The persons having achieved a Bachelor in 4 years can apply but the doctoral program in energy may set conditions at the beginning of the PhD studies. It is usually a number of additional credits to be obtained during the 1st year of the PhD studies.
In order for your application to be taken into account, it is mandatory that:
- you fill the online application form and upload all the requested documents
- you submit the online application
- your 3 referees have filled the online recommendation letters that will automatically be sent to them once you pushed the “submit” button. No emails with recommendation letters will be accepted. As a reminder, take note that you waive the right to see the recommendation letters when you submit your application. At no time should you see them.
You can find all the necessary information on the doctoral school main page.
There are 3 deadlines every year to submit the applications in the doctoral program in energy:
- April 30th
- September 15th
- December 1st
The commission of the doctoral program in energy individually evaluates the applications in:
- end of December or beginning of January
The candidates receive a notification email of their status maximum 1 week after the commission of the doctoral program in energy met.
EPFL doctoral students are usually enrolled with a dual status as employees in a laboratory and a students in the doctoral school. They receive a monthly salary as a research assistant and receive employee benefits such as professional training courses and social security. EPFL salaries are competitive with the best of Europe’s research universities and reflects Swiss standards of living.
EPFL charges a fee at the end of the studies.
PhD studies in EDEY begin all along the year: the starting date depends on when the laboratory for which one will work has an open position. There is no strict semester system as in Bachelor/Master studies.
The laboratory directors/thesis directors have the most up-to-date information on available doctoral assistant positions. Vacancies mainly depend on status of other PhD students who are completing their thesis, as well as the available funding for upcoming projects. The administration of the doctoral program in energy does not manage this information and cannot provide any details about possible positions.
The process of filling the online application is mandatory. This is why we advise you to apply and then contact any potential director by email before the committee meeting. You will be much more likely to receive an answer if you contact the potential thesis director who are working in your research area.
Uploading your TOEFL or other English language diplomas on the EPFL online application form is not mandatory but strongly advised.
The doctoral program in energy has no specific requirements for TOEFL or GRE grades. But please note that your English proficiency must be quite high as all the courses and the papers you will produce will be in English.
If a laboratory director is interested by your application, he will most certainly interview you by phone first and assess your English level at the same time.
EDEY committee meets to evaluate applications around a month after the application deadline or sometimes even later. Consequently, no communication about the outcome of your application will take place before the committee meets.
If you are a PhD student in a Swiss or a foreign university, you can attend a PhD course at EPFL as an external auditor and receive a certificate for an equivalence of ECTS credits after you passed the exam. A registration fee may be requested. For further details, please send an email to [email protected]