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This guide is put together by PhD students in Computer & Communication Sciences at EPFL to help you navigate through 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, or make a pull request on GitHub. 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 Solal Pirelli.

Thanks to Vinitra Swamy, Paola Domenzain, Siang-Yun (Sonia) Lee, Jade Cock, Evann Courdier, Uday Kusupati, Elsa Rizk, Viktor Sanca, Sandra Siby, Ehsan Mohammadpour, Solal Pirelli, Michalina Pacholska, Merlin Nimier-David, Arnout Devos, Theresa Stadler, Shailesh Mishra, and Shardul Chiplunkar for their contributions.

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