PhD/Postdoc Exchange Programmes

Every year, NCCR Robotics offers financial assistance to PhD students and Postdocs from both inside and outside our organisation to take part in a 3-6 months collaborative project in a field related to the NCCR.


1. Candidates

The scholarship is open to:

  • PhD/Postdoc students from the NCCR who would like to go abroad
  • PhD/Postdoc students external to NCCR Robotics who would like to complete a project in one of our laboratories. A full list of NCCR Robotics professors can be found here

Women applicants will be given priority.


2. Fellowships

A maximum of 9,000 CHF will be awarded to cover living and travel costs.


3. Application procedure and requested documents

In order to apply for a fellowship, applicants must first contact an NCCR professor (external candidates) or a professor in potential host institution (internal candidates applying to travel externally) to discuss which potential projects may be available. A full list of NCCR Robotics professors can be found here.

Once professorial support has been obtained the student should submit a complete application.

All items should be submitted in English. Applications should be sent by email to scholarship_NCCR Robotics with the title “PhD/Postdoc exchange application”.

For any questions related to your application, please contact the NCCR Robotics Education Officer (see below).


4. Selection

Selection is made on a competitive basis by members from the NCCR Robotics Education & Society Committee.

Candidates will receive a response regarding their application by email late October. Selected candidates will be asked to confirm their participation within 2 weeks.

The fellowship is granted only to selected applicants who have completed enrolment at their host university. Selected candidates are typically asked to start their PhD/Postdoc’s exchange in the host laboratory between December 1st and March 1st (latest start permitted: May 1st). Payment of the fellowship money is subject to ongoing activity on the PhD/Postdoc’s research project.



  • Deadline for application: 15 September 2019
  • Deadline to review applications: 30 September 2019
  • Decision and announcement of results: 15 October 2019
  • Confirmation of participation by selected candidates: 31 October 2019
  • PhD/ Postdoc exchange latest start: 1 May 2020

Fore more information:

Ana Caldas Administration & Education Officer Management Team, EPFL Funding: - +41 21 693 46 34

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