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.

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.

Doctoral Courses

In accordance with the public-health measures announced by the Federal Council, all PhD courses are held online.

Exams for PhD courses during the spring semester cannot be given in person. Teachers will communicate to you the exam format as soon as possible.

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 (Oral Thesis Exam / Public Thesis 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

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).

🆕 Access to laboratories

You are allowed to come to EPFL to do laboratory work only according to the weekly plan submitted by your laboratory director and accepted by the institute director and/or Dean. All other work should be carried out remotely.

Delay in your thesis?

The closure of the campus and the cancellation of some 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:

  • 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])