« I will complete my Master before this year’s summer break. Am I eligible for the E3 program? »
« I am a PhD student. Is there any way to come to EPFL? »
Yes, certainly, but not through the E3 program. You need to organize your internship yourself, and for that you may want to contact researchers or faculty directly. If you decide to do that, be sure to include enough detail on yourself and on your specific interests on the research work of the lab. Vague and generic letters have very small chances of success.
« Will you help with accommodation? Will I receive accommodation from EPFL? »
In principle you will be in charge of finding your accommodation. Yet, when offered a fellowship, the administrative personnel will almost invariably suggest a list of places where to look for it (student forums, billboards, student residences, etc.).
« Can I see the list of projects? Can I choose my project before applying? »
There is no list of predefined projects and therefore there is no way to choose a project in advance. Projects are suggested by the faculty directly to admitted candidates and can be discussed directly to find the best match between your research interests and the faculty goals. You should choose carefully your interests in the application web site, because this will be important information for the faculty in the selection process. Please also list up to three preferred research laboratories where you would like to do your research. Take also the necessary time to identify the right laboratories in order to increase your chances of acceptance. An online search tool to find specific labs is provided here.
« On the form, shall I quote my Bachelor or my Master institution? And mention the Bachelor or the Master GPA? »
When you apply on the web, complete the form with the details of your current institution and Master program when completing the fields « Current program », » Current Institution », « Current Cumulative GPA », etc. If you have no Master GPA yet, write NA under « Current Cumulative GPA ». Additionally, use the fields « Previous program », « Previous institution », « Previous GPA », etc. to include your Bachelor data. In any case, upload all available transcripts.
« On the form, shall I mention the GPA in a specific format? »
When you apply on the web, specify the cumulative GPA at the time of application exactly in the format provided by your school on your transcripts, without attempting to rescale it to 0-100 or 0-4 or adapt it to any specific system.
« In the application form, I am not sure which preferred professors to select; what shall I do? »
When you apply on the web, you are asked to select up to three research domains you would like to do research in and up to three preferred research laboratories you would like to work with. Take the necessary time to identify the right laboratories in order to increase your chances of acceptance. An online search tool to find specific labs is provided here
« What documents shall I send with my application? »
When you apply on the web, you receive a mail with a link to upload three documents: your CV, your transcripts, and your statement of purpose. Transcripts can be in any form your university provides them and should cover the whole of your academic career (Bachelor and Master so far). If you only have them in paper copy, please scan them. If they are not in English, please send both the originals and a translation (no need for the translation to be official, you can do it yourself). The only format we support is PDF.
« I have recommendation letters; can I send them? »
Yes, we consider recommendation letters for this program, but it is not mandatory. We do not provide a separate platform to send recommendation letters and they simply have to be uploaded as an additional attachment
« I am late, my school is on holidays, official transcripts take time to process, my latest grades will be known only a few days after the deadline; can I have an additional delay to apply? »
No, whatever the reason. If the application web site is closed, we are sorry but it is too late and we cannot do anything for you. If you completed the application form but could not upload the documents on time, the same applies: too late.
« How will I know if I am accepted for the program? »
Usually, if admitted to the program after a first round of selection, you may receive an offer by a faculty member within at most a month from the deadline. Around one month after the deadline, unless you have been selected by a faculty member, you will receive a mail to inform you that the selection process is closed.
« Shall I expect issues with the immigration visa? »
If you are accepted in the program, EPFL will start the visa procedure and send you an invitation letter informing you about the steps to follow to obtain the visa.