I applied last year, but my file was not completed by all referees. Can I use the same application?
No, you mustreapply, however,you can usethe previous referencesif youwant (tick the appropriate box).
I have not yet finished my Master studies. Can I apply?
Yes, thesooner thebetter.Youhave one yearafter beingaccepted into the doctoral programinPhotonicsto find aposition.
When will I receive a reply regarding my application?
About a monthafter the deadlineforwhich you have applied.
When is my file considered as complete?
Our criteria is that an applicationis complete whenthe required documents havebeen dulyuploaded, the 3refereescompletedtheir evaluation and have uploaded their letter of recommendation.
When do the doctoral studies start ?
The actualstarting date foryour thesisdepends on the contract of employement of the laboratoryin whichyou work. There is no semester as in theBachelor /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 isnoprerequisitegradesforEnglishTOEFL orGRE, but a good level in English isessentialto startyour doctoralstudies in the bestconditions.
My referee did not receive an automatic email to send its evaluation and letter, what shall I do?
It happens sometimes thatthe emailautomaticallygenerated by thesystem can be caught by spam filters (junk mail). The candidatehas the option in the application tosend an automatic reminder torefereeswho have not yet respondedto the request.