Admission to our program is centralized and highly competitive. The program is entirely in English with a duration of 4-6 years. During their first year, students should take at least one advanced course, participate in research projects, and pass a candidacy exam. Doctoral students also participate in the teaching activities of the school as teaching assistants and therefore acquire teaching skills. The program supports all admitted students financially at competitive salaries.
Applications must be submitted prior to December 15. This is the primary deadline for admission to the program, with an invitation to our Open House for the fellowship recipients. There is a secondary round of admissions starting April 15 where a relatively much smaller number of candidates who did not apply in the first round are considered.
Application, Step by Step
At the time of enrollment with this doctoral program, an applicant should have a Master’s degree or a 4- or 5-year Bachelor’s with a strong background in computer science, communication systems, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics and/or related fields.
The usual start of this doctoral program is in September. Candidates are invited to submit their applications prior to December 15 (of the previous year) for the first round of admissions. The latter is the primary deadline for admission to the program, with an invitation to our Open House for the fellowship recipients. There is a secondary round of admissions with a deadline on April 15 where a relatively much smaller number of candidates who did not apply in the first round are considered.
- Grade records for all years of all attended universities, at undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS) levels
- Diplomas, as far as already available
- Curriculum Vitae – CV (in English)
- Statement of Purpose (in English)
- Recommendations (3 in all cases) form a very important part of the application documents, please follow the corresponding instructions carefully
- A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full.
If diplomas and grades are not originally in French, German, Italian or English, please provide electronic or scanned copies of certified translations into English. All documents must be in unprotected pdf format, max. 2MB per document.
We expect that you are proficient in oral and written English. If you are not a native English speaker, we require that you provide a recognized certificate from the following list at the latest by the application deadline (December 15 or April 15).
Accepted language tests and minimum levels are: TOEFL iBT internet-based: 100; TOEFL paper-based 600; IELTS Academic: 7; CEFR: C1; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE or C1 Advanced): grade B; Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE or C2 Proficiency): grade C; TOEIC (L&R): 850; Michigan ECPE
The results of the GRE general test are not mandatory but recommended.
EPFL’s institution code is 3253 for both TOEFL and GRE reports (no department code needed).
To be admitted as a doctoral student in the EDIC program, two conditions must be fulfilled:
- You are accepted by the EDIC Admission Committee.
- You are awarded an IC School Fellowship or are chosen for direct hiring by a lab.
The preliminary selection by the EDIC Admission Committee (condition 1 above) takes place shortly after the application deadline.
Among the accepted applications, the best ones are offered a one-year IC School Fellowship. In 2018, 45 fellowships were available. If you are offered a fellowship from the first admission round (December 15 deadline), you will receive an invitation to visit EPFL for a few days to participate in the EDIC Open House.
Fellowship students are unaffiliated during their first year. This gives them the opportunity to take courses and get acquainted with various labs they are interested in. For fellowship students, hiring into a lab occurs at the end of the first semester or later in the year.
The accepted applications which are not awarded a fellowship are made available to the EDIC affiliated labs for direct hiring. If a professor is interested in your application, he/she will contact you and might invite you for an interview. Based on the outcome of this interview he/she might make you a hiring offer. In total (fellowship students and direct hirings), around 50-55 doctoral students start in EDIC each year.
The application process is fully electronic, including the recommendations letters (no hard copies). Messages will automatically be sent to referees when you submit your application in the system; they will then be invited to complete their recommendation online. Therefore, submit your application early enough in order to leave your referees enough time to complete this task before the chosen deadline (i.e., December 15 or April 15).
As a courtesy, you should ask your referees ahead of time if they are willing to supply a recommendation letter to support your application. Doing so will also give your referees time to consider what they wish to say and, if they wish, to discuss your plans with you.
You will be notified by email when each referee has provided his or her recommendation to the doctoral program. The system allows you to send one reminder per referee
Submitting an application is free of charge.
Please proceed to the online application portal and follow the instructions.