100 PhDs for Africans by EPFL Switzerland 2021

100 PhDs for Africans by EPFL Switzerland 2021

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100 PhDs for Africa:

The UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for Africa programme is one of the three pillars of the Excellence in Africa initiative. It is designed to fund science and engineering graduates intending to complete a PhD at an African higher education institution.

PhD candidates benefiting from a UM6P/EPFL EXAF 100 PhDs for Africa fellowship will be jointly supervised by a professor employed by their African home institution and by an EPFL professor. They may spend short time periods at the EPFL in the laboratory of their EPFL co-supervisor, but will chiefly conduct their doctoral studies and their thesis research in Africa. Their degree will be solely awarded by their home institution.


The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

Degree Level:


Scholarship Benefits:

The programme awards funding of a maximum of 80,000 Swiss francs in total for a period of at most 54 months. Eligible costs include and are limited to:

  • Living Allowance
  • Tuition fees
  • Research Costs
  • Colloquia
  • Costs related to Joint Supervision


African Countries

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be a national of an African country
  • To hold a Master’s degree awarded after the 1st of January 2018 or to be enrolled in the final year of the master study
  • To have an outstanding academic track record
  • To be enrolled in an African academic institution when the fellowship will start, and to reside in an African country for the duration of the PhD
  • To have the endorsement of a professor of an African institution willing to supervise the doctoral thesis for its full duration

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants shall submit an application (link below) via the online submission platform before the 20th of April (17:00 CET). The EPFL office in charge of implementing the joint UM6P-EPFL EXAF programme (henceforth the EPFL office) is responsible for checking the eligibility of applicants and for assessing the applications based on the criteria specified in the application guidelines.

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Application Deadline:

20 April 2021

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