EDME Applicants


EPFL is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is among the world’s best universities in the fields of engineering and technology.

EPFL is ranked 12th in the world according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

EPFL offers an excellent framework, both in terms of its renowned and dedicated faculty as well as in terms of its outstanding research equipments and facilities, to achieve a no less excellent doctorate.

Financial support is available for all PhD students. They are hired as EPFL employees at highly competitive rates.

If you have in mind to become a future scientist in Mechanics, you are most welcome to apply to this program.

Once you have applied online, the program’s commission will evaluate the applications. A decision will generally be taken within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline. You will be informed about their decision by e-mail.

If the doctoral committee has concluded that your file fulfills the requirements of eligibility to the doctoral program in mechanics, you will have 12 month from that date to find a research assistantship and a thesis director.

How to proceed to find a research assistanship and a thesis director?
You can check our website or the website of the human ressources department for open PhD positions and apply or you might get directly in contact with a thesis director of your choice to check if he has got any availabilities in his lab. It might also be that a thesis director gets in contact with you to eventually invite you for an interview.

The EPFL Doctoral School will soon launch 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