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IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative


The Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have established a Joint Doctoral Initiative. The PhD program, comprises a curricular component as well as a strong research activity.

During the duration of the PhD program, students will spend about 50% of their time at IST and 50% of their time at EPFL and be advised by faculty members from both institutions.

The focus areas

The Joint Doctoral Initiative is oriented towards seven Focus Areas. The choice of areas is, in many cases, grounded on existing or long standing collaborations and correspond to areas where both EPFL and IST have strong competences and want to work together to build synergies and take advantages of their research and complementarities.

The Focus Areas in the Initiative are the following:

  • Biological and Medical Imaging
  • Distributed and Cognitive Robotics
  • Computational and Stochastic Mathematics
  • Antennas and EM devices for Wireless Applications
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Architecture


Ph.D. Students that enrolled the program. These numbers are for the first four academic years of the Program, including 2012-13:

2008/2009 7
2009/2010 12
2010/2011 12
2012/2013 10
2014/2015 10

How to Apply

A selection committee consisting of faculty members both from EPFL and IST is responsible for ranking the candidates applying to the Initiative. Candidates must be accepted as PhD candidates both by EPFL and IST. Outstanding candidates will be awarded grants provided by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

When applying, candidates should indicate their Focus Area of choice and choose a thesis topic within the Focus Area.

Documents required for the application (applications are closed)

The application process is online and requires the following documents in additional to personal and academic information:

  • Diplomas or study certificates
  • CV (good knowledge of English is mandatory)
  • Statement of purpose (indicate interests and motivation, indication of chosen focus area)
  • Minimum of three references.


Portuguese Coordinator
Prof. José Santos-Victor

Portuguese Office
Dr. Luis Almeida Moreira

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