Postgraduate and PhD scholarships

The Doctoral School may intervene exceptionally in case of problems at the end of the thesis when the working contract is ended.

Applications should be submitted to the Student desk. Ordinance on grants and loans, articles 3-4-9 /Polylex

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships, the Swiss government offers a limited number of grants to foreign students wishing to do part of their training at a Swiss university.


Grants reserved for 3rd cycle students (doctoral or postdoctoral research)

Deadline for application

One year in advance, i.e. between September and December (depends form the country) for the following academic year.

n.b: PhD Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships awarded to obtain an EPFL title, being below EPFL standards of remuneration for doctoral students, the thesis director will have to secure adequate funding to complete the candidate’s salary. Research and Postdoctoral Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships don’t need additional funding.

An opportunity to welcome talented international researchers

SAE in collaboration with the Research Office and EPFL’s delegate for FCS are pleased to inform you about the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship program. You’ll find most of the information by clicking here.