EPFLglobaLeaders New Doctoral Fellowship Programme 2022

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EPFLglobaLeaders 2022: A new doctoral fellowship programme in Switzerland for the next generation of sustainable science leaders.

When is the Application Deadline:

15th May 2022

Tell Me About EPFLglobaLeaders Doctoral Fellowship Programme:

EPFLglobaLeaders is a new doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies. Forty-eight doctoral fellows will benefit from a multifaceted training programme.

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EPFLglobaLeaders involves a collaboration with the non-academic sector. The programme includes a stay of 3 to 12 months in the non-academic sector. Additionally, a (formal or informal) co-supervision of the PhD thesis by the non-academic partner is strongly encouraged.

While gaining scientific skills throughout their doctoral studies, EPFLglobaLeaders fellows also benefit from a Leadership training programme.

Which Fields are Eligible?

PFLglobaLeaders fellowships are available in any discipline included in the research areas of EPFL. The programme is open to applicants to any of the 22 doctoral programmes available at EPFL.

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What Type of Scholarship is this?


Who can apply for EPFLglobaLeaders Doctoral Fellowship Programme?

The following eligibility criteria apply:

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 fulfil 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 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.

Which Countries are Eligible?


Where will Award be Taken?

Research funded by the EPFLglobaLeaders programme will be conducted at the EPFL campuses in Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais or Fribourg, Switzerland. The mandatory secondment (3 to 12 months) in the non-academic sector can, however, take place outside Switzerland, based on the research project agreed upon with the thesis supervisor.

How Many Fellowships will be Given?


What is the Benefit of EPFLglobaLeaders Doctoral Fellowship?

The EPFLglobaLeaders fellowship consists of a monthly contribution of EUR 1 935 to the salary of the doctoral candidate at EPFL. The thesis supervisor must complement this EU contribution (beware that co-funding cannot come from other H2020 funding sources) and cover any associated costs (research costs, equipment, travel expenses, conferences, etc.). Please contact Human Resources in your prospective school if you wish to know exact salary information, including social benefits such as AVS (pension scheme), AC (unemployment insurance), and child benefits.

How Long will the Program Last?

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

How to Apply for EPFLglobaLeaders Doctoral Fellowship:

The application process is divided into two stages:

  • Stage 1: an application is submitted by the applicant to the EPFL Doctoral School (EDOC) via the online application form. Applicants to the EPFLglobaLeaders programme must provide some specific information in addition to the usual
    information requested by EDOC.
  • Stage 2: an application submitted by the thesis supervisor following the supervisor matching stage.

All details about the application process are specified in the “application guidelines”.

It is important to go through all application requirements before applying.


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