In 2006, a group of female professors at EPFL created the EPFL-WISH Foundation with the aim of encouraging the research and promotion of women on campus.


We offer the tools, role models, financing, networks and support at key moments in the young women's careers at EPFL and beyond.


Our aim is to reduce the dropout rate between the women who study science, engineering and architecture and the women who end up making a career in these fields. Women will face a multitude of obstacles during their studies and careers - it is crucial to support, network, and offer assistance to these young female scientists, engineers, and architects to help them achieve the career they deserve.

We want to educate students ahead of time, because often they don’t realize the difficulties until it’s too late. The WISH Foundation’s objective is to provide a financial push to women at crucial times in their careers. In return these women will generate recognition, honour, moral commitment, solidarity, and above all responsibility. These are qualities needed to make a long lasting career, as witnessed by our WISH alumni.



We offer financial support of up to CHF 6'000.- to female students that display academic promise, and who have been accepted to study abroad.

This experience allows these young women to acquire a global understanding, new academic perspectives, build confidence, independence, international networks, to improve a language, and create lifelong friendships. Learn more.

Timing : up to 2 Application Processes a Year, stay tuned on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Demographics : EPFL Female Students who wish to study their Masters abroad

Cost : Average CHF 5’000

Every year, our Council members and the Presidency of EPFL find the most influential woman in science, and award her the Erna Hamburger Prize.

We hold pre-press releases, newsletter, posters and save the dates months in advance to make this grand occasion a success.

A private luncheon is held with female PhD students allowing them to meet the influential and powerful woman of the year, and getting valuable advice and mentoring.

The event invites a Swiss Politician, the Presidency of EPFL, EPFL WISH Foundation and the Laureate to inform, educate, and motivate the audience the importance of having more women in all scientific backgrounds, bringing everyone to work together for the future of mankind. The cocktail following the event encourages those present to network and meet others who share common interests. Learn more.

Timing : Yearly

Demographics : EVERYONE 50 / 50 both men and women, not limited to scientific backgrounds or EPFL. Open to the grand public.

Cost : AVERAGE 20'000 pr event

The Women in Science luncheons offer an opportunity for Master, PhD, and Post Doc women to talk to role-models in both industry and academia about their struggles and listen to the advice they can give to the next generation. These women get to interact, asking important and often difficult questions in a more intimate setting. The luncheons are bi-annual along with department lunches hosted by a woman professor on a monthly basis. The panel and professors answer questions about careers, what are the important steps for achieving your goals, which parameters are the most important for a successful career, how to get to such high level responsibility and/or positions, how important networks and mentors are, what are the keys to success? All events are held in French and English. These events offer a unique opportunity to interact with influential successful women and be empowered from their experiences.

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Timing : 1 per semester – Panel Luncheon / 10 luncheons with professors per department

Demographics : Female students EPFL / UNIL

Cost : Total budget is CHF 2'750.-