EPFL Excellence Fellowships: Supporting Top International Students

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The EPFL Excellence Fellowships are a prestigious award offered by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland to attract and support exceptional international master’s and PhD students.

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Application & Eligibility:

Applications are accepted once a year in mid-October. Applicants must hold an excellent academic record and have gained admission to a master’s or doctoral program at EPFL for the following fall intake. Fellowships support students from all nationalities except Switzerland.

Funding & Benefits:

Fellowships cover tuition fees and provide a living allowance of CHF 23,500-28,000 per year depending on the degree level. For doctoral candidates, funding is available for up to 4 years. Additional benefits include academic guidance, mentoring, and integration support. No teaching duties are required.

Selection Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated based on prior academic excellence, motivating cover letters, reference letters, research/study proposals, and potential to excel at EPFL. Extracurricular accomplishments adding value to the EPFL community are also considered. Interviews may be requested for final evaluations.

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Prestige & Networking:

Being selected boosts scholars’ profiles and supports career goals. Fellows join a community of exceptional peers and role models. Networking events optimize connections with faculty, industry, and alumni for future success. Past fellows report life-changing impacts.

Conclusion:

As one of Europe’s top STEM universities, EPFL Fellowships exemplify its commitment to recruiting and backing truly gifted international talent that will drive global research and innovations. Recipients find a supportive launch pad for standout graduate careers.

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The application deadlines for the EPFL Excellence Fellowships are:

  • Master’s programs (All majors): October 15th every year. This deadline is for admission to a Master’s program starting the following fall semester (September).
  • Doctoral programs:

Biology and Medicine related majors – October 15th every year for admission starting the following fall.

Engineering majors – January 15th every year for admission starting the following fall.

Math, Computer Science, and Physics-related majors – January 15th every year for admission starting the following fall.

  • PhD Sandwich Fellowships: Rolling application deadlines throughout the year based on the availability of supervisors. This fellowship is for continuing PhD students admitted to EPFL who wish to conduct a research stay abroad for 6-12 months.
  • Specific deadlines may apply for certain partnerships and pilot programs. These are announced on the fellowship website.

All applications including recommendation letters must be submitted by 23:59 CET on the deadline date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Results are typically communicated by mid-March for October deadlines and the end of May for January deadlines.

It’s important for potential applicants to note the discipline-specific doctoral deadlines to apply within the appropriate timeframe.

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