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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 01/31/2025 (Tentative)

General Description

The Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is an 8-week hands on summer research experience. Each year the program accepts 20-25 undergraduate participants and provides a stipend to help cover housing and living expenses. Depending on lab assignment, students are housed together either in Lausanne or possibly Geneva. The majority of travel costs to and from Switzerland will be covered.

In addition to hands-on lab experience, participants will receive mentoring from faculty and staff, access to scientific seminars and personal development workshops, as well as social activities like a day hike to Swiss alps with raclette, BBQs, and other excursions.

More information about participating labs can be found on the EPFL website.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Students must be currently enrolled in a university in biology, bio-physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, bio-informatics, quantitative biology, genetics courses or other life sciences related programs.
  • Minimum of GPA equivalent to a 3.75/4.0 grade or higher
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate work up to the first year of a master’s degree before the start of the program.
  • Show a strong interest in pursuing a career in life sciences.
  • Must be present for the entire duration of the program.
  • Present a poster at the closing symposium.

Application Details

The selection is based upon

  • Your CV (1-2 pages)
  • Your motivation letter (maximum 750 words)
  • The explanation of 3 lab choices (2-3 sentences per lab)
  • University transcript or school official list of classes and grades
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Basic life sciences understanding is essential; previous lab experience is a plus.

Only applications with the full application material will be taken into consideration.

Applications must be submitted through the online application. No other formats are acceptable.

Please note that you must have your documents and referee details ready to upload when you start to fill out the application. There is no option to save and come back to it.  Also, the referees will only receive their link to upload your letter when you submit your application.  Please keep this in mind when organizing your application.

Funding Type


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton



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