Cross-border research and innovation training in quantum sciences and technology
Europe needs Quantum experts!
Training and Networking events
EFEQT offers graduate students in quantum sciences and technologies and related fields the opportunity to do research and innovate in a unique world class environment.
The EFEQT program is a pilot program of the QTEdu coordination and support action of the Quantum Flagship Initiative of the European Union. The scope of the training covers all major pillars of the European quantum technologies roadmap: quantum communication, quantum computing (hardware and software), quantum simulation and quantum sensing/metrology as well as new developments in the field.
We offer blended courses on quantum technologies, special events, opportunities to develop your own ideas in team projects, regular virtual meet ups and lab tours, a summer school and research projects at the institutions of your choice. These initiatives will be guided by top experts in the field and will enable a higher level of networking between students, teachers, and research leaders from both academia and industry.
The first edition of the EFEQT programme begins in October 2021.
Participate to a regular meet-ups with experts and your peers to discuss the latest developments in quantum science and technology. Each month we will meet online or in a hybrid format to dive into open research questions and innovative solutions with top research groups and quantum companies. This will include special seminars, fireside chats, practical tutorials and guided lab tours.
Blended courses in Quantum science and technology
October 2021 – May 2022
Several new courses in quantum science and technology taught by top experts in the field in an inverted classroom format. Courses will include videos, tutorials and live Q&A sessions which can be followed remotely. Each course is equivalent to approximately 4 ECTS.
Perform your Masters research project or internship in the EFEQT network
Perform your Masters research project in one of the EFEQT collaborating laboratories or in joint supervision. Projects are typically between 2 and 6 months and can be counted toward their master requirements as part of your home university degree programme.
EFEQT Events: Quantum Ideas Factory and Spring School
First event in October 2021
Get engaged with quantum science and technology at the cutting edge with EFEQT events. In October 2021 we will organise the Quantum Ideas Factory, a 3 day intensive science hackathon in Heidelberg. In 2022 we will organise the EFEQT summer school with talks and lectures by international experts and industry leaders.
The next call for applications will be in June 2022 (2022-2023 cohort)
To apply you must:
- Be enrolled in a Master degree programme (or equivalent) at a European higher education institution. You should get approval from your Master program to participate.
- Have background knowledge in quantum mechanics and an interest in quantum sciences and technology
- Be motivated to pursue a PhD in the field
Priority will be given to students enrolled in EFEQT partner universities and institutions, although external students are also encouraged to apply.
To apply please send and email to via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following attachments as pdf files
- your CV
- your academic transcript from the previous year
- a 1 page motivation letter
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Partners and Expertise
University of Heidelberg
The University of Heidelberg defines itself as an internationally networked research university dedicated to research-oriented teaching. It offers a broad program of Master level lectures in quantum science and technologies. World leading experimental and theoretical research groups with a focus on quantum simulation with cold atom systems provide ample opportunities for getting engaged with forefront quantum research. Graduate programs within the Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics (HGSFP) and several International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) provide a clear path from master towards PhD education.
University of Strasbourg
Quantum sciences are an integral part of the University of Strasbourg’s vision for the Initiative for Excellence – a multidisciplinary strategy for research, education, technology transfer and international attractiveness. This is embodied through the Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute and International graduate school QMat – Quantum Science and Nanomaterials which focuses on the transition from fundamental quantum sciences to innovation with research-oriented training. QMat combines masters and doctoral courses with enhanced networking opportunities, travel support, fellowships and paid internships at the Master level, followed by PhD contracts.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is positioned as the Research University in the Helmholtz Association. With some 9200 employees and 26000 students, the KIT is one of the largest scientific institutions in Europe. Through its research-oriented curricula, it prepares its students for assignments in society, economics and science. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence. Combining experiment and theory, the researchers at the Institute for Quantum Materials and Technologies (IQMT) at KIT seek to understand quantum phenomena in condensed matter and molecular systems, and to develop novel devices based on these effects that will serve as building blocks for future quantum technologies.
University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest offering of programs, 34.000 students, 6.000 employees and 3.000 students in a PhD track. Its ranking is in the European top 15 and top 100 worldwide. The university has a renowned science department with a strong focus on Quantum Matter & Quantum Information.
Sorbonne Université is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in France. In its current form, it was established in 2018 by the merger of Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre and Marie Curie University. It has a strong track record of internationally leading research, counting 33 Nobel Prizes, 6 Fields Medals and one Turing Award.
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris) is one of the most selective and prestigious graduate schools in Paris, France. It is part of the French grandes écoles system, and a constituent member of PSL University. Its alumni include 14 Nobel Prize laureates, of which 8 are in Physics – the highest proportion of Nobel laureates among the alumni of any institution worldwide according to a recent survey.
Eucor - The European Campus
Eucor – The European Campus is a trinational alliance of five universities including KIT and University of Strasbourg, as well as the universities of Basel, Freiburg, and Haute-Alsace and is the first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) run exclusively by universities. KIT and University of Strasbourg are the leading Eucor partners in the focus area “Quantum Science and Technology” and thus collaborate with each other in many ways, i.e. in the EU funded, joint doctoral programme “Quantum Science and Technology at the European Campus” (QUSTEC, 38 doctoral students) and through a newly established joint professorship in Quantum Science. The established procedures in Eucor, i.e. in the field of student mobility, registration and recognition of credits, provide extra support for students who wish to complement their studies with international experience.
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is linked to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large. CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam. It is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 30 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.
Heidelberg School of Education
The Heidelberg School of Education (HSE) focuses on teacher training and educational research. Within the project HSE Go Digital Now, we offer workshops for educational practitioners at the university on different digital tools and concepts and how to implement these for a successful online teaching. We have also created digital materials to explain the key experiments on quantum physics which are taught at high school, in an untraditional form which reflects more a typical research process in science. These materials are used for teacher training and also as a learning material resource for schools. Additionally, we have developed an evaluation to verify the effectiveness of these materials and possible opportunities for improvement.
QMat graduate school
The QMat “initiative of excellence” is an international integrated MSc and PhD program of the University of Strasbourg, which prepares the next generation of scientists and engineers to shape the future in quantum science and nanotechnology. We provide an enhanced curriculum spanning fundamental and applied aspects putting students at the forefront of international research at the interfaces between physics, material science, chemistry and engineering. Each year QMat offers approximately 25 fellowships to outstanding candidates to pursue their master education, approximately 30 mini-grants to subsidize extended research projects in QMat partner labs, and additional grants for outreach, student mobility and participation in schools and conferences.
Located in the heart of Paris, PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) combines excellence and diversity to inspire dialog among and between all areas of knowledge, innovation, and creativity in the Arts, Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and Social Science. PSL’s academic community makes the best of its 140 laboratories to design ambitious, formative, innovative and cross-disciplinary research programs.