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General information: Application, Admission and Acceptance procedures


1. Application form

2. Referees form

Next Application deadline: May 25th, 2018 - Interview/selection:  June, 25th-26th,  2018

Prerequisites for being accepted in our programme

  • Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as medicine, biology and immunology
  • Fluent in English

Application tracks

The same application form needs to be completed for either track described below. The completed form must be written in English and can be sent by email to the administration office (

Track 1 ► toward track 2

The track 1 option enables the candidate to have a training period in a host laboratory for a maximum period of 6 months (please be aware that special visa conditions may apply for applications from outside of the EU) . The candidate may contact the host laboratory PI at any time during the year to  apply as a track 1 trainee.  Once accepted as a trainee the candidate must officially apply (before the end of the 6 month period) for selection into the PhD programme (deadline for application is twice ayear) as explained below for track 2.


Track 2

Initial decisions (step 1) are made by an Admission Committee after review of applications and possible skype interviews.


This will be followed by an invitation (step 2) of the selected candidates to participate in person to a 2 day visit, with an oral presentation and personal interviews.

Acceptance into the PhD programme: next steps

Following acceptance into the PhD programme, the candidate must start their PhD within a period of 6 months.



The PhD student, who is part of the  Cancer and Immunology/University of Lausanne PhD programme should within the first week of being accepted into the programme present themselves to the coordinator of the PhD programme (Françoise Flejszman, Department of Biochemistry). The coordinator will provide you with information concerning your enrolment at the UNIL and the requirements of the PhD programme. 


Financial support

Salaries are according to the scales of the University of Lausanne or the Ludwig Center for Cancer Research of the University of Lausanne, and/or the Swiss National Science Foundation and are competitive on an international level.


Duration and language

PhD studies usually last 4 years. In the exceptional event that a prolongation is required, the thesis committee must be informed and the extension must be officially approved. The working language is mainly English.


Courses and ECTS

Students are expected to attend introductory or advanced courses in the field of their interest. For more information please consult the course book


Within the first month, the student informs the PhD programme coordinator (Françoise Flejszman) of the courses that they have chosen to attend within the first year. Each course corresponds to a defined ECTS credit number and these credits are only given to students who were subjected to an evaluation of knowledge acquisition during the course.


Original course certificates must be transmitted to the local PhD programme coordinator (Françoise Flejszman) who is responsible for keeping track of the credits obtained by students and keeping all original course documents.


Students must accumulate 4 ECTS credits in the first year and 6 ECTS credits before the second year qualifying exam. A total of 12 ECTS are required before completion of the thesis.


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