EDPO FAQ Applicants

I applied last year, but my file was not completed by all referees. Can I use the same application?

No, you must reapply, however, you can use the previous references if you want (tick the appropriate box)

I have not yet finished my Master studies. Can I apply?

Yes, the sooner the better. You have one year after being accepted into the doctoral program in Photonics to find a position.

When will I receive a reply regarding my application?

About a month after the deadline for which you have applied.

When is my file considered as complete?

Our criteria is that an application is complete when the required documents have been duly uploaded, the 3 referees completed their evaluation and have uploaded their letter of recommendation.

When do the doctoral studies start ?

The actual starting date for your thesis depends on the contract of employement of the laboratory in which you work. There is no semester as in the Bachelor / Master studies.

Are there any open positions in the laboratories of the doctoral program in Photonics?

The laboratory directors/thesis directors have the most up-to-date information on available PhD student positions. Please check the open positions on the different laboratories’ websites. Vacancies depend mainly 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 Photonics does not manage this information and cannot provide any details about possible positions.

What English level should I have? Should I take the TOEFL ? Is there a minimum grade for TOEFL and other language diplomas?

Uploading TOEFL or other English language diplomas on the EPFL online application form is not mandatory but strongly advised .

There is no prerequisite grades for English TOEFL or GRE, but a good level in English is essential to start your doctoral studies in the best conditions.

How can I fund my doctoral studies

You will find the details here.

My referee did not receive an automatic email to send its evaluation and letter, what shall I do?

It happens sometimes that the email automatically generated by the system can be caught by spam filters (junk mail). The candidate has the option in the application to send an automatic reminder to referees who have not yet responded to the request.

Other questions?

Click here or contact the administrative assistant of the programme.