Support scholarships

EPFL does not grant support scholarships to foreign students to start studying.

You should therefore secure adequate funding. A budget is available here.

According the Directive concerning the awarding of study LEX 2.10.2: Grants and excellence fellowships by the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), EPFL is dedicated to supporting students registered at the EPFL, in particular when their financial situation makes it difficult for them to complete their studies.

  • Swiss students or residents may ask it already for the first year at EPFL. The condition to get the renewal of the scholarship is the success of the academic year.
  • Foreigner students, may ask it only at the earliest after successfully finishing one year at EPFL. The requested average is 4.5.
  • These scholarships are awarded following a change in social, family and/or economic situation. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The scholarship is granted for 1 or 2 semesters (for renewals, please see hereunder)
  • These scholarships are subject to defined criteria, given to very few students and do not by any means represent a student’s right.

First request

Please ask for an appointment with the social department at the latest two weeks before the deadline in order to assess your economic situation. Contact: Student desk

For your information, in case of a scholarship application, keep in mind that you will have to provide us with those documents.

Renewal

The scholarship can be renewed after one semester or after the academic year if this is still justified. Please ask for the application form by contacting the Student desk.

For your information, in case of a scholarship application, keep in mind that you will have to provide us with those documents.

Deadlines

  • 15 May of each year (for autumn semester)
  • 15 December of each year (for spring semester)

These scholarships are for Swiss or foreign students whose parents are living in Switzerland. Scholarship offices function differently from one canton to another.

Students should apply as early as possible to the canton of their parents’ or legal representative’s tax domicile.

Please find on this webpage all the addresses of cantonal scholarship offices.

Swiss students living abroad must apply to their canton of origin and to educationsuisse.

Students registered at EPFL, whose section highly recommend participating in study trips, can ask for financial support. Exchange students are not entitled to it. This support can be obtained only once during the course of study and as long as the study trip has an educational objective.

The application for financial assistance can be sent to the Student Desk AFTER the study trip.


Social scholarship holders (EPFL, cantonal, private, foreign)

Documents to provide AFTER the study trip

Amount of the financial support

  • Lump sum of 300.- CHF

NON-scholarship holders

Documents to provide AFTER the study trip

  • Application form for financial assistance (in french only)
  • EPFL registration certificate
  • Tax return of the parents, the applicants, spouse, guarantor  (otherwise: salary statements, annuities)
  • Official attestation signed by your section proving your participation in the study trip

Amount of the financial support

  • Lump sum of 300.- CHF. This amount is allocated on the basis of a financial need, depending on the social situation of the applicant

The Orlando Lauti Foundation offers support grants to Master students in the Architecture or Civil Engineering Programmes. Preference will be given to Swiss or Italian nationals. The student has to prove that he spent at least one year at EPFL and passed the exams with success.

Conditions

To have completed, at least, one year at EPFL

Applications

Deadline for applications: 15 May of each year

Please ask for an appointment with the social department at the latest two weeks before the deadline in order to assess your economic situation. Contact: Student desk

For your information, in case of a scholarship application, keep in mind that you will have to provide us with those documents.

This fund provides financial support to an EPFL Master student from a developing country. The student has to prove that he spent at least one year at EPFL and passed the exams with success. Foundation website (in French only)

Conditions

To have completed, at least, one year at EPFL

Applications

Deadline for applications: 15 December and 15 May of each year

Please ask for an appointment with the social department at the latest two weeks before the deadline in order to assess your economic situation. Contact: Student desk

For your information, in case of a scholarship application, keep in mind that you will have to provide us with those documents.

The Zdenek et Michaela Bakala Fondation, Geneva is granting scholarships to students and research fellows to give them an opportunity to study at top-ranked universities in the United-States, the United Kingdom such as Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Yale among others (this enumeration not being limitative or exhaustive).

The program is available to students or research fellows from different Swiss universities (from french-part and german part).

Students or research fellows with the highest academic merits but without the required financial resources to study at the foreign institution are eligible for the scholarships.

The scholarships seek to support students or research fellows in their academic careers, covering tuition fees as well as living expenses if required. The annual budget of CHF 200’000.- will be divided in 5 to 10 scholarships, in different amounts according to the needs and the type of studies.

The scholarships will cover studies in the foreign university in the following areas:

  • a complete Master diploma
  • one or more semesters during a Swiss Master
  • a Doctorate
  • one or more semesters during a Swiss Doctorate

Conditions

  • academic excellence
  • financial needs
  • admission or pre-admission at the foreign university (must be provided at the latest for the interview)
  • registration at the Swiss universitiy (minimum during the 3 last years)
  • most preferably resident in Switzerland during the last 5 years (for tax reason)

Applications

FZMB Scholarship Application

The application must be sent to the university where the student or research fellow is registered within the indicated deadlines.

Please ask for an appointment with the social department at the latest two weeks before the deadline in order to assess your economic situation. Contact: Student desk

Deadlines and selection procedure

Application: 1 March of each year

Pre-selection: between April and June of each year. Please see details on the Foundation website.

Vahabzadeh Foundation provides grants and loans to students and also to EPFL students. Applicants must be Iranian or Swiss whose cantons of origin is in the French part of Switzerland. The Foundation also awards grants for academic publications and for stays abroad.

Conditions

Scholarships are given depending on the budget, extensions are given during the studies at EPFL

Punctual scholarships for stays abroad of minimum one semester (exchange semester or master project)

Applications

Deadline for applications: 1st Mars and 1st October of each year

Please ask for an appointment with the social department at the latest two weeks before the deadline in order to assess your economic situation. Contact: Student desk

For your information, in case of a scholarship application, keep in mind that you will have to provide us with those documents.

The Giveka Foundation offers scholarships to Swiss or French students, which are disabled due to an illness or an accident and who need help to go back to studies or to complete their studies.

Please ask for an appointment with the social department. Contact: Student desk

The Swiss Study Foundation promotes inquisitiveness, motivation and responsibility.

Since 1991 the Swiss Study Foundation supports excellent students at universities and technical colleges who due to their personality, creativity and intellectual skills are in a position to contribute to science, business, culture and politics. The Foundation offers them learning opportunities complementary to their studies, an individual mentoring and guidance scheme as well as financial support.

For more information please consult: www.studyfoundation.ch

bono pro association supports deserving students who could otherwise no attend tertiary education in Switzerland. The support is financial (honor loan) and practical (coaching). In exchange, beneficiaries are expected to sponsor a student when they are in a position to do so.

To apply, candidates must:

  • Have successfully completed their 1st year of university studies
  • Write a motivation letter
  • Attach a detailed budget
  • Be in a position to demonstrate they have “exhausted” traditional scholarships demands
  • Beyond the formal conditions, members of the association attach great importance to supporting deserving students – a criteria not exclusively based on academic results.

More information at on their website or get in touch with [email protected]

The Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation supports, encourages and develops top research in the fields of engineering and environmental sciences as well as of medieval languages and literature.

The ZKS-Foundation realizes its aim principally by subsidizing research projects, by granting subsidies and scholarships to researchers and academics of any nationality who devote themselves to afore-mentioned fields of research.

The ZKS-Foundation also proceeds by granting prizes or other rewards for new and important research work in said domains.

The ZKS-Foundation can also make donations to universities of all countries for their needs in research equipment as well as support conferences and other scientific meetings.

The ZKS-Foundation is managed by a Foundation Council which consists of five members one of whom is the Founder; the other four members being two representatives of the Université de Genève and two other of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL. The Foundation Council has all necessary decisional powers to ensure the finalization of the Foundation’s purposes. It can, nevertheless, call on external specialists.

More information on their website

Charles-Edouard Guillaume Foundation inform us that they are delivering social scholarship for students in microengineering.

More information on this document.

Application

Please contact the Foundation to get the application form.

Fondation Charles-Edouard Guillaume
Monsieur F. Matile
C/o Convention patronale de l’industrie horlogère suisse
Avenue Léopold Robert 65
CP
2301 La Chaux-de-Fonds
email: [email protected]
Tél: +41 (0)32 910 03 83

The Heinrich J. Klein foundation wants to support international scientific exchange by providing scholarships to students who want to pursue their studies abroad.

Requirements and documents for the application are available on this page.

Within the Foundation’s area of funding, the Hasler Foundation is able to give grants to students who are permanently resident in Switzerland. However, a grant is only awarded where above-average results can be expected and only in special cases where state grants are not available.

More information on this website.

The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation grants scholarships to EPFL students whose principal residence is in Geneva.

Applications

Scholarship applications must be done with this form

The Student Affairs Department of EPFL sends grant applications to the Hans Wildsorf Foundation.

Please ask for an appointment with the social department in order to assess your economic situation. Contact: Student desk