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2021-12-15 Switzerland
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Located in Switzerland, EPFL is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. 1853 On November 7, the first eleven students started a two-year curriculum at the Ecole Spéciale de Lausanne. At that time, the curriculum included various subjects: chemistry, physics, mathematics, drawing, architecture, and civil engineering. The Ecole Spéciale de Lausanne was a private initiative inspired from the Ecole Central de Paris.Students were trained to become high level builders. The first five students graduated in 1855. 1869 The School was affiliated to the Académie de Lausanne and became the Technical Faculty of the Académie de Lausanne. In 1890, two major events once again marked its fate: first the Academy was transformed into a University. Its Technical Faculty then became known as the Ecole d’ingénieurs de l’Université de Lausanne (Engineering School of the University of Lausanne). Secondly, a new training programme was born: Electricity. A Programme which will give birth to many research areas and sections a few decades later. 1903 The School celebrated its first jubilee. At that time, it had 132 students and 24 professors and had the reputation of being very selective. 1944 The School relocated to a large building, the former Hotel Savoy in Avenue de Cour. Less than two years later, it again changed names to become the Ecole polytechnique de l’Université de Lausanne, in other words EPUL, an acronym which will remain for a long time. Simultaneously, the Physics section was created. 1953 The Institution celebrated its hundredth anniversary with 45 professors, privat-docent (private lecturers) and lecturers while the student enrolment was around 500. 1969 On the 9th of October 1968, the National Council unanimously adopted the new “Law on Federal Institutes of Technology”. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was officially founded on 1 January 1969. The Confederation started the transfer – that will last twenty five years – of the entire institution to a new location, in Ecublens-Dorigny. 1978 EPFL celebrated not only its 125 years of existence, but also inaugurated the first buildings of its new campus. The construction site will continue for several decades. 1991 In order to foster technology transfer and the creation of companies, the PSE Foundation of the Science Park was created on the EPFL campus. In the following years, the Science Park hosted dozens of companies in three buildings. This initiative considerably helped the whole area, and especially EPFL and University of Lausanne researchers. 2001 The architecture section was created. From this year on, all of EPFL is in one location. The Confederation had kept its promise: the SVS program, with the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne became a reality as the chemistry entire section was in one location only. 2002 EPFL changed its structure. Its departments gave way to big schools (facultés) to strengthen trans-disciplinary collaboration. The School of Life Sciences was created along with a College of Humanities, the latter in collaboration with both the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. 2003 Celebration of the 150th anniversary. More than 6000 students are studying at EPFL. 2009 Creation of Microcity in Neuchâtel 2010 Inauguration du Rolex Learning Center 2014 EPFL Valais Wallis and EPFL Fribourg founded. 2015 Campus Biotech founded in Geneva. The EPFL passes the 10’000 studens mark. Our name “EPFL” is the primary and stand-alone name that refers to our school. The explanatory line “École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne” is there only to explain the signification and abbreviation of the four letters (comparable to “Massachusetts Institute of Technology”) When introducing the primary brand “EPFL” for the first time in a text it is followed by its explanatory line in the language of the targeted audience. For more information please read «How to Use the EPFL Brand in Written Texts» Logo Simple and sophisticated at the same time, the new logo focuses on the four EPFL letters, and the red color to symbolize Switzerland. It acts as a signature, an identifier and a guarantee of quality. The openings of the letters “E” and “F” come from the proportions of the ends of the arm of the Swiss cross. Le logo de l'EPFL The EPFL logo, as shown here, is the main campus logo and a registered trademark. It should never be modified or compounded. It is available to the entire EPFL community. For any use by people outside EPFL, please contact Mediacom visual communication and specify the purpose of your request.

Brief Description

EPFL offers a limited number of 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.


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.

Level/Field(s) of Study


Scholarship value/inclusions/duration

For external applicants, the scholarship includes CHF 16,000 per academic year split into 8,000 per semester (CHF 32,000 for a two-year Master’s or CHF 24,000 for a 1 1/2 year Master’s). The scholarship also includes a reservation of a student room in a student residence. The fellowship will be paid for no more than 4 semesters. All other expenses (i.e. tuition fees, visas) are the responsibility of the fellowship holder.

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