This guide is put together by PhD students in Computer & Communication Sciences at EPFL to help you navigate your research career at EPFL, from applying to graduating. This information is provided by students, for students, and does not officially represent the views of EPFL or any of its departments.

Call for contributions

We try to keep the guide up to date, but if you notice any inconsistencies, please tell us at epic [at] groupes [dot] epfl [dot] ch, or make a pull request. For the guide to grow and stay current over time, we need you to contribute!


This guide was written by the EPIC committee, student representatives, and other talented volunteers.

The current maintainer of this guide is Shardul Chiplunkar.

Special thanks to past maintainers Siang-Yun (Sonia) Lee, Solal Pirelli, and Vinitra Swamy, as well as to all contributors, in alphabetical order: Deniz Bayazit, Jade Cock, Basil Contovounesios, Evann Courdier, Arnout Devos, Paola Domenzain, Uday Kusupati, Shailesh Mishra, Ehsan Mohammadpour, Merlin Nimier-David, Michalina Pacholska, Aditya Pradeep, Elsa Rizk, Viktor Sanca, Sandra Siby, and Theresa Stadler.

This guide was partly inspired by the PolyDoc association’s My PhD Life guide.