Information for applicants

Find out here all the information you need to apply for the programme.

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Eligibility requirements

The EPFLeaders4impact programme is open to applicants of any nationality provided they fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

Experienced Researchers

Applicants must be Experienced Researchers (ER); they must hold a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience by at the latest the date of recruitment.

“Full-time equivalent research experience” is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher was recruited or where he or she was seconded) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

MSCA transnational mobility rule

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline. Exceptions to these rules are possible in order to ensure equal opportunities for applicants whose scientific career was interrupted. Therefore, the time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service, maternity leave, and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Time commitment

Applicants must be able to carry out full-time research during the fellowship period. Parental leave, sick leave, care leave, and military leave are nevertheless permitted.

The fellowships must start:

  • Call 1: at the earliest on 1 June 2022 and at the latest on 1 October 2022
  • Call 2: at the earliest on 1 September 2022 and at the latest on 1 January 2023

The EPFLeaders4impact programme actively promotes equal opportunities and supports gender equality.

Applicant’s toolkit

Guide for applicants

How do I apply for the EPFLeaders4impact programme? Check the application guidelines.

Rules and regulations

Check the Rules and regulations of the EPFLeaders4impact programme.

Application platform

Access here the online application platform


Download here the application templates.

Academic supervisor

To find an academic supervisor you can look at the list of EPFL laboratories.

Non academic partner

To find a non-academic partner you can look at the following webpages:

For guidance on how to identify potential non-academic partners, please contact the Programme Management Office ([email protected]) or [email protected]

Why choose EPFL

EPFL is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. Its mission is to provide first-rate education, foster pioneering research, and promote cutting-edge technological innovation.

As a world-leading scientific institution, EPFL is committed to playing a critical role in the transition towards a sustainable society based on technological innovation. This goal requires not only generating new knowledge and technology but also training responsible scientific leaders who will be able to think across boundaries and envision all-encompassing solutions to critical societal problems.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034260.