EPFL offers a limited number of fellowships at master’s level to students with outstanding academic records. Anyone applying to an EPFL master’s program is eligible. The selection of candidates and the granting of the fellowships is done based on the evaluation of the academic records of the candidates. The fellowship committee, comprising members of the EPFL sections, a representative of the Vice-Presidency 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.

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Some fellowships are funded by EPFL directly while others are funded through partnerships with foundations or private companies.

These guidelines aim at providing all necessary details for EPFL excellence fellowship holders to prepare for their master’s and to meet performance expectations.

The Student Affairs (SAE), located in the BP building, manages the fellowships. For any queries or clarification, please contact e-fellowship@epfl.ch.



Anyone applying to an EPFL master’s program is eligible. The EPFL grants a limited number of fellowships to the most deserving candidates based solely on their academic records.

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 your master at the EPFL is your second master’s degree, you are not eligible for an excellence fellowship.

Fellowship amount and benefits

Fellowship holders will be responsible to cover all expenses on their own (i.e. accommodation, tuition fees, etc.).

The fellowship will be paid for no more than 4 semesters even in case the student decides to take a minor or for any other reason that might extend the duration of his/her studies and provided that he/she is still registered.