How ?

Find a subject and a supervisor for your thesis

Each year, a rich offer of subjects is proposed by our supervisors

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Sources of fundings

There are many organisations and institutions that fund PhD projects and programmes. Our list is not exhaustive, but it contains the main informations about PhD grants.

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How to submit an application ?

How are admissions handled ? What is expected from the applicants ?

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My application was selected, how can I register ?

After the hearings of the applicants, those selected are invited to begin the process of registration as soon as possible.

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What is expected from an applicant and why ?

For PhD admission

Applicants must have identified the challenges, key issues and  originality of their research subjects.
Ambition, scientific risk-taking and interdisciplinary approaches to research topics are encouraged.

Over the course of their theses, candidates are expected to contribute to refining their research project, which should evolve as new results become available

Why ?

Michael Tipton / FlickrThe doctorate allows a candidate to dedicate her or himself almost exclusively to a specialized research topic for 3 years. This is a unique, exciting and rewarding experience.

Preparing a doctorate requires great personal investment, creativity, and passion for the subject and for research in general. Every thesis does not automatically lead to a major breakthrough in the field, but every doctor will have become an expert in his/her field and will have contributed, through her/his research, to pushing back the boundaries of knowledge.

To obtain her/his doctorate, each doctoral candidate presents his/her thesis before a jury. Defending a thesis consists of presenting an original and coherent vision on the subject of study. This vision has been developed using a critical approach, is well supported by the research work carried out, and is placed in an international scientific context. 

The thesis presents original work of which the doctor is the sole author (in copyright terms). The thesis is deposited in a national archive and can be freely accessed via the portal

For PhD Admission

it is expected that each candidate shall present and defend his project before a Jury.

Each applicant must be able to emphasize the challenges and the ambition of his project, demonstrating its feasibility and consistency. He must present the research process he intends to follow, the methods to be used, the main steps of the project, its timetable, potential risks involved etc.

This exercise allows each doctoral candidate starting his PhD in having identified the key characteristics of his doctoral project and have already received a first external critical review by the Jury.

After admission, the doctoral project, like any project, is generally referred to evolve.

Why ?

Doctoral training is primarily a Training-by-doing approach in the area of research. The doctoral candidate conducts, under the scientific direction of his supervisor, a research project within a reference duration (usually 3 years), set before the first registration.

Thus, a doctoral candidate is entrusted to assume a high level scientific and technical research project of large proportions (it mobilizes at least one full-time worker and coaching over a long period). Even if the doctoral candidate is under the control and responsibility of the supervisor, the doctoral candidate is considered as the project lead of this doctoral project, because :

  • he is the one who is accountable for the progress of his projet (for annual registration, for the defense of the thesis)
  • he must master its duration and manage its completion within the duration provided initially or justify the need for an extension of its duration,
  • he is the author of the thesis.
  • It is expected that a doctoral candidate take initiatives and advances in his work relativelyautonomously. The supervisor has a key role in defining the subject and the research process, but gradually the autonomy of the doctoral candidate increases and he gradually takes responsibility for his doctoral project.

Autonomy does not mean working alone, quite the contrary. The supervisor trains the doctoral candidate to research, to develop working methods needed for each researcher, but transferable to other occupations, among which are essential critical exchange, to learn from each other through exchange with peers and international experts in the field and of the latter interfaces. The doctoral candidate becomes an independent scientist particularly when he has learned to elicit critical feedback from its network and to use them wisely, working with experts to share their results, to publish etc.

Finally, a doctoral candidate develops innovative project management skills and behavioral skills which can be asserted after his thesis for his professional future.

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The admission process should be open, transparent, supportive and internationally comparable, tailored for positions of doctoral candidates.

For the doctoral candidates the admission process should constitutes an experience of a process of recruiting a young researcher.


Why ?

Doctoral training is a professional research experience. The doctoral degree is recognized as such in collective professionnal agreements (L612-7 of the Education Code). Doctoral training prepares doctoral candidates for research in the public and private sectors (researcher, professors etc ...) but also to many other professions where skills developed by doctoral candidates are valuable and for which the doctorate is synomyne excellence(visit the web site mydocpro).

All elements must be present to make doctoral training a fully professional research experience.

The doctoral candidate is integrated in a professional research environment (the research group), he has got a working space within the research group, he is fully involved in the professional life of the research group or the institution, can take collective responsibility (be an elected member of the councils of the research group, of the graduate school, etc.) and gains information about his organization operation. The doctoral candidate develops professional skills and trains himself on professional ethics of research. If he is preparing his thesis part-time, graduate school ensures that the student can devote sufficient weekly share of his time in the professional research environment.

The European Charter and Code for Researchers

Its activity is part of the general project of the research group and is subject to regular monitoring, at minimum on an annual basis. Each graduate school defines the monitoring arrangements for their field and ensures that monitoring has been performed before each annual registration.


Doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to prepare their future career. Training programmes dedicated to career development are proposed by the Doctoral College with respect to given categories of professional future


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PhD Tuition & fees

Policy set forth by Université Paris-Saclay and its founding members regarding the announced implementation of “differentiated tuition fees” for non-EU students

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Supervisors ! Propose thesis subjects

You can publish one or several offers on ADUM, which will then be published online by your doctoral school and any interested students will be able to consult them at any time on the Université Paris-Saclay website.

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The skills of PhD holders

DocPro gives PhD-holders, businesses, doctoral schools and laboratories a view of the skills that PhD-holders develop throughout their careers.

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Reference documents

Reference documents related to the admission process (procedure, special cases, admission Jury minutes templates...)

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