ICFO supports a diverse and highly international student population. More than 70% of our PhD students come from outside Spain, drawn from more than 40 countries.
PhD students are selected based on merit and potential, previous experience, personal achievements and background for the position. We aim to attract exceptional researchers, motivated to work amongst the top scientists in their fields. Less than 10% of eligible candidates are eventually admitted to ICFO.
ICFO has graduated over 100 PhD students, who have gone on to careers in academia and industry throughout the world. Today they can be found leading research groups in Europe, the USA, India, China and South America, working in multinational companies in Germany, France and the USA, starting out as postdocs at universities such as Harvard and Cambridge, or launching startups anywhere from Silicon Valley to Barcelona.