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.

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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.

You will be required to show a COVID certificate to attend all classes and exercise sessions. This takes effect on 21 September.

All classes will be taught in hybrid mode, which means that students who don’t have a COVID certificate will not be excluded. For lab work, project work and practicals, students without a COVID certificate may participate provided that they wear a face mask and maintain an appropriate distance from others.

Candidacy Exams and Oral Thesis Exams can be held by videoconference or in person with a hybrid format (in person and by Zoom for some participants). For those attending in person, a COVID certificate is required.

By videoconference: The Jury President is responsible for the management of the exam (Candidacy and Oral Thesis exams). The best option is that the Jury President initiates the videoconference (e.g., have the “host” role on Zoom). This allows the president to mute/unmute participant(s).

Public Thesis Defenses can be held on campus. Requests for public thesis defenses must be submitted to Mediacom Events via an online form at least five business days in advance.  A COVID certificate is required.

All information, including online form, protection plans, and consumption of food and drinks, can be found on the Events page.

All information can be found on the Current directives page.

PhD students cannot book study places, including the Rolex Learning Center, as undergraduate students have priority.

The partial closure of the campus in 2020 may raise concerns about possible delays of the thesis work 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])