EPFLglobaLeaders Fellowship Program

EPFLglobaLeaders fellowship program is a new doctoral fellowship program funding early-stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies. Forty-eight doctoral fellows will benefit from a multifaceted training program, including a secondment in the non-academic sector.

Brief Description EPFLglobaLeaders Fellowship Program

Host Organization: EPFL campuses in Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, or Fribourg

Scholarship Location: Switzerland, Europe

Course Level: Ph.D. Degree/Fellowships

Number of scholarships: 48

Eligible Country: Students from any country

Worth of Award: The EPFLglobaLeaders fellowship consists of a monthly contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate of EUR 1,935 and is granted for a period of forty-eight months.

Application Deadline: 15 April 2021

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Field of study

Any of the 21 doctoral programs available at EPFL

Worth of Award/duration

The EPFLglobaLeaders fellowship consists of a monthly contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate of EUR 1,935 and is granted for a period of forty-eight months. The thesis director must complement the EU contribution to the salary of the doctoral candidate (co-funding cannot come from other H2020 / Horizon Europe funding sources) and pay for the other associated costs (research costs, equipment, travel expenses, conferences, etc.).

The duration of an EPFLglobaLeaders doctoral fellowship is 48 months (4 years).

Eligibility Criteria 

The following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled:

1. Citizens of any nationality may apply.

2. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) before they sign their employment contract.

3. Applicants must be Early Stage Researchers (ESR); by the time they sign their employment contract, they must not have completed more than four years of full-time research, and they must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

4. Applicants must fulfill the MSCA transnational mobility rules and 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’s 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 is not taken into account.

Method of Application EPFLglobaLeaders Fellowship Program

The application procedure for EPFLglobaLeaders is integrated into the EPFL Doctoral School selection process. Therefore, applicants to the EPFLglobaLeaders program must initially follow the same process as all applicants for a Ph.D. at EPFL and refer to the application guidelines provided by the doctoral program that they have selected.

Each doctoral program has its own application deadline; therefore applicants must check the webpage of the relevant program for detailed information as well as the deadline overview. To be considered for the EPFLglobaLeaders program, applicants must submit their application before the application deadline of 15 April 2021, 17:00 CET.

It is important to read the EPFLglobalLeaders Guidelines and visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more information, visit the Official Scholarship Website:



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