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 1,800.- 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 once a year (deadline on the Sunday closest to the 1st December, each year). The applications may open as late as a couple of weeks before the deadline.


Application by the student

Deadline on the Sunday closest to 1st DECEMBER.
Applications open as late as a couple of weeks before the deadline.

Decision on acceptance

Before 25th JANUARY.
Decisions communicated by e-mail to all applicants.

Fellowship period

About three months, usually between MAY to SEPTEMBER (flexible).
Period agreed directly with the hosting lab.

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