EDIC Mentoring

A mentor can be an excellent resource at EPFL

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Each doctoral program has a pool of professors who are willing to serve as student mentors. These professors are interested in mediation, offering advice and supporting PhD students in the context of their training. They are the first person of reference for the PhD student in case of problems with the thesis director or the laboratory.

As part of the annual report, mentors meet with the PhD students to discuss the progress of their work and their well-being in the laboratory.

Each pool of mentors meets regularly with the program director who, only with the agreement of the PhD student, takes the necessary measures in case of reported problems.

You choose your mentor from the program’s pool (see below) within the first 3 months after enrolment.

As some load balancing might be required, the EDIC secretariat will ask you to complete an online form listing in order of priority your four preferences from the program’s pool. As much as possible, EDIC will try to take your 1st preference into account but there are no guarantees.

Your mentor cannot be the director or co-director of the thesis work, nor be directly linked to the host lab or to the thesis project.

If you have not chosen a mentor within 3 months, the program will assign you one. You can change your mentor with consultation with the program director.

The mentor remains anonymous with respect to the thesis director to ensure confidentiality. It is your decision if you would like to keep this anonymity or not.

Your mentor is a valuable resource and is available to discuss your academic progress and provide guidance. Please feel free to contact your mentor whenever you deem necessary.

Are you interested in being a mentor? Please contact the doctoral program’s administrator at the following address: [email protected]


EDIC pool of mentors