EPFL Excellence in Africa Junior Faculty Development Program 2020 for Africa-based early-stage professors

Application Deadline: 31st March 2020 (17:00 CET).

The Junior Faculty Development program is the first program launched within the framework of the “Excellence in Africa” initiative. It will pair up early-stage professors in Africa with EPFL professors, providing funding for a jointly-designed research project over a period of 4 to 5 years. In the course of the project, the Africa-based professor will complete a secondment of up to one year in the laboratory of his/her colleague at EPFL.

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be employed or due to be hired by an African higher education institution
  • Must have earned a PhD degree between 1st January 2011 and 31st March 2020
  • Must have an outstanding research and publication track record
  • Must submit a research project within the current domains of scientific or technological research activity at EPFL


Travel, including participation in conferences and workshops and travel linked to the collaboration

A living allowance may be approved if there is a written official confirmation from the host institution in Africa that a living allowance for secondment at EPFL cannot be covered by the host institution

How to Apply

The application and evaluation process includes two stages.

Please read carefully the application guidelines.

All required documents must be submitted on the online submission platform.

Submission Deadline

Africa-based early-stage professors are to apply on the online submission platform by 31st March 2020 (17:00 CET).

The candidates who receive the best grade and are successfully paired up with an EPFL professor will submit a full research proposal with their EPFL co-applicant by 10 August 2020 (17:00 CET).

For More Information:

Visit the official Webpage of the Junior Faculty Development Program 2020


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