PhD Students

In the light of the current situation, EPFL has taken measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19.

We thank you for your cooperation in these troubled times.

These decisions are based on scientific data recalled by our experts in this video.

[27 November 2020 update]

Point d'interrogation sur un tableau noir

This Q&A explains the special measures for PhD Students taken in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Laurence Gouzi Abrami et Francisco Sarmento Mesquita, du Laboratoire de biologie cellulaire, masques sur le visage.

Discover all relevant measures of support for PhD students.

Delay in your thesis?   

The closure of the campus and the cancellation of doctoral courses raises concerns about possible delays of the thesis work, candidacy or thesis exam. Please, rest assured that solutions will be found so that you can finalize your PhD under good (properly financed, etc.) conditions.

So please:

  • Continue working remotely if your work does not require you to be on campus (for more information, please refer to the relevant articles of the Directive)
  • Discuss with your thesis Director the consequences of a possible delay in your thesis
  • If this does not lead to a reasonable solution, contact your Doctoral Program or EPFL’s Doctoral School ([email protected])

Doctoral Courses

All PhD classes are held online from Monday, 26 October, until further notice.

Exception: courses absolutely requiring the use of EPFL campus’ physical infrastructure (e.g., lab equipment) may be conducted face-to-face. This is only possible for small groups (max. 10 participants), assuming sanitary conditions can be met, and in accordance with the research rules and DSPS directives.

Credits requirement for the admission for thesis preparation (Candidacy Exam)

If the first year ECTS credits requirement cannot be fulfilled before the Candidacy Exam due to the Coronavirus related measures that have been taken, then this ECTS credits requirement can – with the agreement of the Doctoral program – be postponed to after the admission for thesis preparation (Candidacy Exam).

Credits requirement for the thesis examination/defense

If the PhD ECTS credits requirements cannot be fulfilled before the thesis Oral Exam due to the Coronavirus related measures that have been taken, then this ECTS credits requirement can – with the agreement of the Doctoral program – be postponed to after the thesis Oral Exam, but the ECTS credits requirements should be fulfilled before the public thesis defense.

? Candidacy Exam, Oral Thesis Exam, and Public Thesis Defense

From 20 October 2020 on

Candidacy Exams, Oral Thesis Exams and Public Thesis Defenses should be fully done by videoconference until further notice.

Each participant (including experts) connects separately. It is important to test the configuration before the event. The Jury President is responsible for the management of the videoconference. The best option is that the Jury President initiates the videoconference (e.g., have the “host” role on Zoom). This allows him/her to mute/unmute participant(s).