PhD & Postdoc program

Reference point for the next generation Machine Learning talent in Europe

Our world class pan-European PhD & Postdoc program will act as a reference point for PhD & Postdoc candidates in machine-learning driven fields in Europe and worldwide.

ELISE is a driving force in implementing the pan-European ELLIS PhD & Postdoc program, which attracts and supports the next generation of talent in machine learning-driven fields in Europe by pairing outstanding students with leading academic and industrial researchers.

The ELLIS PhD and Postdoc program focuses on excellence in research, fosters international collaboration and builds strong ties with local industry, while supporting its candidates through networking and training activities such as bootcamps, summer schools and workshops. The program spreads knowledge effectively via a dedicated mobility fund that supports long- and short-term visits in the network.

PhDs and postdocs in the program benefit from joint supervision by leading scientists of the ELLIS Society. While obtaining their degree from the participating institution of the main advisor, they strive for collaboration during their appointment as they spend at least six months conducting research at a lab abroad or with a (local) industry partner.

ELLIS faculty can nominate excellent PhDs and postdocs to join the program, and students looking to start a PhD in machine-learning driven fields can apply centrally once a year in the fall. Our centralized selection process will serve as a single entry point for the world’s brightest young academics to start ML-related graduate studies in Europe.

There is a yearly central call for applications in the fall, which will be announced at Nomination to the program is possible year-round. Acceptance to the program is competitive. For reference, about 5-10% of candidates are accepted via the yearly central recruiting round. Visit for the latest updates and more information on how to apply.
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