École Polytechnique Excellence Fellowships for Masters Study in Switzerland

Excellence Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Selected fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: EPFL
Country to Study in: Switzerland

Scholarship Description
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) offers Excellence Fellowships for international students from any country applying to an EPFL Master's Program.

EPFL offers a limited number of these fellowships at the Master's level to students with outstanding academic records. Some of the fellowships are financed by EPFL directly and others through partnerships with foundations or companies.

Applications for starting a Master's program in September 2018 are now open. Interested and eligible candidates are invited to begin and submit their Master and scholarship applications before any of the two deadline dates below (i.e. before January or before April).

EPFL Excellence Fellowships

The eligibility and selection criteria are based on the following:
  • Participation is open for candidates of any nationality
  • Anyone applying to an EPFL Master’s Program is eligible for the scholarship.
  • Anyone holding a Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) in a related field from a recognized university can apply to one of the EPFL Masters Programs.The selection of candidates and the granting of the fellowships is done based solely on the evaluation of the academic records of the candidates.
Selection Procedure:
A first screening is done by sections. The attribution of the fellowships is then done by the Excellence Fellowships Committee, presided by Prof. Vandergheynst, Vice-Provost for Education.

To ensure that all fellowships are distributed in case of withdrawals, multiple candidates can be selected and placed on a waiting list. The fellowship is then offered to the main candidate who will be given a deadline (2-4 weeks) for confirming the acceptance of her/his admission and fellowship. In case of withdrawal or absence of response, the fellowship is offered to the first candidate on the waiting list who then gets a deadline (1-2 weeks) for confirming the acceptance of her/his admission and fellowship.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries

Participating Institutions
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Fields of study
Available Master’s degree programme offered at University

Number of awards
Not specified - a limited number of scholarships will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
Awarded for 2-years or for 1 1/2 years depending on the Masters programme

Scholarship benefits
For external applicants, the scholarship includes CHF 16’000 per academic year split into monthly payments (CHF 32’000 for a two-year Master’s or CHF 24’000 for a 1 and 1/2 year Master’s) and reservation of a room in student’s accommodation.

Note that accommodation, tuition fees, visa fees, etc. must be paid by the fellowship holder.

Method of Application
The application is done via the same online form that your application to a Master’s program is sent. It is however necessary to tick the box indicating that your profile should also be considered for an excellence fellowship. Applications must be filled in and submitted within the application periods, but before the January or April deadline dates as below.

You can freely choose to apply by the January deadline or the April deadline. Regardless of which deadline you choose to meet, studies begin in mid-September following acceptance. However, candidates who need a visa are strongly advised to apply by the January deadline in order to have an answer earlier and have enough time for the visa procedures (which can take up to 3 months).

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship, and also to access the online application form.

Applications can be filled online from mid-November to the 15th of January, or from the 16th of January to the 15th of April. Candidates who need a visa are strongly advised to apply by the January deadline.

Applications are reviewed twice a year, in February and May, following Master’s programs admission committees. Decisions are sent early April for applications registered by the 15th of January and end of June for the applications registered by the 15th of April.

An intensive language course is offered to all accepted candidates. It starts 4 weeks before the beginning of the semester.

Cumulating this fellowship with other substantial scholarships isn’t possible. Candidates are required to declare all the scholarships they will receive during their master’s and cases will be evaluated one by one.

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL; English: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) is a research institute/university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specialises in physical sciences and engineering. EPFL is widely regarded as one of the world leading universities, with QS World University Rankings ranking it 14th in the world across all fields in their 2015/2016 ranking, while Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it as the worlds 12th best school for Engineering for that same year. EPFL is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Application Deadline: 15 Jan / 15 Apr 2019
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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