Master Excellence Fellowships at EPFL, Switzerland

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is now accepting applications for its Master’s Excellence Felowship programme.

EPFL provides a select number of excellence fellowships to outstanding students starting their Master’s studies. These fellowships, which include guaranteed housing, are awarded to candidates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and distinguished themselves in extracurricular activities such as sports, the arts, civic involvement, or entrepreneurship.

These CHF 10,000 per semester fellowships aim to enable students to focus on their Master’s studies while engaging in activities that enhance their professional background and develop cross-disciplinary skills. Available to both EPFL Bachelor’s graduates and students from other institutions, the fellowships offer financial support that broadens students’ perspectives. This support allows them to select internships and initial work experiences aligned with their scientific interests and ambitions.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), or the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. Founded in 1853, the École Spéciale de Lausanne was renamed École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1969.

It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL has both a Swiss and international vocation and focuses on three missions: teaching, research and innovation.

EPFL collaborates with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, political circles and the general public, with the aim of having a real impact on society.

Study Programme: Master ‘s Degree

Eligible Countries: All Countries

Country Host: Switzerland

Scholarship Reward: CHF 10,000 per semester, accommodation

Eligibility Criteria for the Fellowship

  • Anyone applying to an EPFL master’s program is eligible. EPFL grants a limited number of fellowships to the most deserving candidates based on their academic records.
  • Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Cumulating this fellowship with other substantial scholarships is not possible. Candidates are required to declare all the scholarships they receive during their master’s (see section 4.2).
  • If the master at EPFL is a second master’s degree, candidates are not eligible for an excellence fellowship.

Benefits of the Fellowship

  • CHF 10’000 per semester
  • Reservation of a student room in a student residence (for “external” candidates only)
  • A certificate of excellence (at the end of the master’s program)

Selection Process

The selection of candidates and the granting of the fellowships are based on the evaluation of the academic records of the candidates. The fellowship Committee, comprising members of the EPFL sections Representatives of the Associate Vice-Presidencies for Student Affaires and Outreach as well as for education and representatives from other school services, selects the candidates. The selection process is very competitive, only about 3% of the master students receive such financial support

Required Documents

  1. Your resumé (curriculum vitae).
  2. Copy of your University degree(s), if already available.
  3. Complete transcripts from each university you have attended.
  4. A statement of purpose. See below for a detailed explanation.
  5. The contact details of three academic referees, who will each be asked to produce a recommendation letter for you (except for holders of an EPFL Bachelor’s degree, and those who hold a Bachelor’s degree from ETH Zürich or a Swiss university or FHS/HES and are applying for a Master’s program in the same field of study).
  6. Your Identity card or passport.
  7. Extra documents, such as TOEFL or GRE scores, research publications, or other portfolios of your previous work, are welcome but not compulsory.

Application Process

For further information and to access the online application form, please CLICK HERE to visit the official website

Application Deadline

December 15, 2024

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