EDPY Mentoring

A mentor can be an excellent resource at EPFL.


Each doctoral program has a pool of professors and senior scientists who are willing to serve as mentors. These members offer advices and support to the PhD students in the context of their training. The mentor is the first person of reference for the PhD student in case of issues with the thesis director or the laboratory.

As part of the annual report, mentors meet with their mentees 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.

Assignment of your mentor

Soon after your enrolment, the program will assign you a mentor. If you would like to change, please get in touch with your program.

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.