The School of Computer and Communication Sciences of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) offers summer fellowships to international students. Participants get the chance to learn new skills and to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field while collaborating with leading senior scientists.

What is it?

Fellowship recipients will participate into the life of a research unit, typically to help solve problems which are usually part of major research efforts. Often, this will lead to performing challenging programming or design tasks to prove new concepts. Accepted students will receive a living allowance of CHF 1,600.- per month (pro rata to the actual duration) and a refund of travelling costs (2nd class train ticket or low-cost/economy airfare).

Who can participate?

Fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in BSc, BTech, MSc, MTech, or equivalent programmes in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, or Electrical Engineering. PhD students are not eligible. At the time of application, applicants must be enrolled in the 2nd year Bachelor or above (therefore, all applicants must have successfully completed at least their 1st year of the Bachelor's programme). Projects are offered competitively to students with excellent academic results.

When does it take place?

During a period between two and three months (possibly but not necessarily including the 2nd week of July), individually agreed with the hosting lab.

Why should I be interested?

A summer fellowship at EPFL is a highly motivating learning experience in a competitive research environment, and it is also a great way to get familiar with another culture, to start building a network of connections in Switzerland, and to get prepared for a global career! And, last but not least, it is a chance to spend some months in a region rich in natural attractions and offering a multitude of leisure opportunities.

How can I apply?

Applications are received twice a year. Due to significantly different summer recess periods and to related constraints for visa processing, there are two calendars, one for students in Indian institutions (deadline around 15th November each year) and one for students from the rest of the world (deadline around 1st February each year).

Two Calendars

Indian Institutions

Application by the student

Deadline on the Sunday closest to

Decision on acceptance

Around 15th DECEMBER
Communicated by e-mail to all applicants

Fellowship period

Usually from MAY to JULY

Rest of the World

Application by the student

Deadline on the Sunday closest to

Decision on acceptance

Around 1st MARCH
Communicated by e-mail to all applicants

Fellowship period

Usually from JULY to SEPTEMBER

If your summer recess is aligned with the fellowship period mentioned above for Indian students, please contact us.

Need more info?

Please check the frequently asked questions on the application page.


Check our collection of colourful posters, from 2008 to date.


Check what some of the past participants say of the programme.

Iqra Ejaz

From Pakistan, Summer 2013

Kirill Nikitin

From Russia, Summer 2014

Anastasiia Kucherenko

From Ukraine, Summer 2018